Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) is the administrative arm of USC’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). OPRS, in partnership with the research community, is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of participants in Human Subjects Research conducted under the aegis of USC. OPRS, which is a Division within the Office of Research, provides the campus and the four USC Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) with professional guidance and administrative support and oversight.

 

IRB Tip of the Week!

As of December 1, new undergraduate and graduate student exempt and expedited submissions awaiting assignment to an IRB analyst for review are being prioritized. Our goal is to ensure that students can engage in research activities in the Spring term. Urgent reviews, amendments, and full board studies continue to be handled as usual.

To determine the approximate window for assignment of your new study to an analyst for review, check our Current IRB Wait Time to determine the approximate wait time for assignment to an analyst. Then, log into iStar. Using your UP# or HS#, look up your date of submission.

Announcements

OPRS & IRB December 2022 Updates

Click below to access the December 2022 OPRS & IRB Scene, a monthly newsletter of updates, tips and more.  Click here

OPRS & IRB November 2022 Updates

Click below to access the November 2022 OPRS & IRB Scene, a monthly newsletter of updates, tips and more.  Click here

Important Update

The OPRS and IRB offices will be closed during USC’s Winter Recess from Monday, December 19, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023. We will also be observing the Thanksgiving holiday

Office Closures

OPRS and IRB offices will be closed on the following dates: