Research Projects

The Center for Student Affairs Assessment (CSAA) is the research and assessment office within the Division of Student Affairs. The center's responsibilities include the protection of student information under the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Health Information Privacy Act (HIPA), California Education Code, and UC system-wide policy. The Office of the Registrar is the official repository where student information is stored for the University. Release of data for the purpose of research must receive the approval of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

To help facilitate the research request, all parties must submit projects on IRBnet for review by the campus’ Institutional Review Board and the Division of Student Affairs. Information about IRBnet can be found at the IRBNet home page.

All research project requests will be reviewed by the Student Data Advisory Council, a divisional council chaired by the CSAA. The Student Data Advisory Council is comprised of research representatives from the Division of Student Affairs. It provides recommendations on whether to approve or deny the release of student-level data by the Division of Student Affairs. Note: IRB may approve a research project but the Office of the Registrar is not required to release the data unless approved by the Division of Student Affairs.