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Welcome to the CNM Institutional Review Board (IRB) Website

The IRB is authorized to review, approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research activities conducted by or through the College using human subjects and to annually monitor compliance for research projects extending across academic years.

Central New Mexico Community College established the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all proposed research involving human subjects to ensure that individual’s rights and welfare are protected and all individuals are treated ethically. In addition, the committee is to maintain currency with regard to federal requirements for the protection of human subjects, establish and modify review procedures and forms, and propose appropriate modifications and revisions of the CNM Administrative Procedures.

The role of the Institutional Review Board does not include evaluating the soundness of the proposed research study, the merits of the research design, the potential contribution of the research to the scholarly literature, nor the impact of the research on college resources or reputation. Rather, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project's compliance with ethical standards in regard to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, and any risk to the participants.

The decision of the Institutional Review Board is final. The board, at its discretion, may solicit input from the appropriate Vice President or Associate Vice President as necessary.

The review board promotes ethical practice by and for the CNM community. “Recommendations for Research” outlines these practices. The recommendations apply to administrators and faculty who conduct research (e.g., surveys, focus groups) on campus, and to faculty who ask students to conduct research in their classes.

The Institutional Review Board Membership is composed primarily of faculty members from disciplines in which research involving human subjects is integral to that discipline's work, administrators who generally have responsibilities to the research projects, institutional researchers, and one member from outside CNM. The human subjects review process is administered through the Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE). Faculty members are recruited and recommended through Faculty Senate. The Vice President of Academic Affairs assists in recruitment of IRB members who serve a two-year term. IRB records including applications, IRB membership lists, research reports, etc. are maintained in the IRB facilitator’s office for a period of three years.

Application Information

The Institutional Review Board is represented from a wide range of scientific disciplines and from outside the academic community. The Institutional Review Board tries to evaluate applications 14-28 days after receipt.

  • Applications for review to the Institutional Review Board must be received by Friday prior to the meeting. If the application is received after that date, it cannot be considered until a later date.
  • Incomplete applications will be sent back for corrections and will not be considered until all information is included.
  • Human subjects training is required for all applications. We currently accept NIH ( and CITI SBE. Neither one can be more that one year old at the time of application.  If the one year limit occurs during your research period, you must renew the training and provide documentation. Training needs to align with the research being proposed. Other types of training will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  

Application Documents


For more information, contact the Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness at (505) 224-3450.

All necessary materials must accompany the application before it will be evaluated.

The application can be mailed to:

Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness 
Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Application Process

1. Identify the dates that you want to start collecting data. Plan to submit all of your files at least 2 months prior to the date you want to begin research. 

2. Complete Human Subjects Training, see above for accepted training. Your certificate must be current within one year of the submission date. 

All investigators and faculty mentors involved in a proposal must complete either one of these training sessions.

3. Complete the IRB application and relevant forms

  • IRB application update
  • Consent forms
  • Relevant forms; attach questionnaires and assessments as needed
  • PDF format large

4. Submit either via email and or Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.  

If you email the application, make sure the application has your signature and all necessary documents are included with the email.