IRB

Research Assistance

Department Specific Information

Participant Rights and Information

Participant Complaints

If you have taken part in a research study and would like to submit a complaint, please download and complete the following form, and submit it to the IRB:


Informed Consent

Researchers are required to provide participants with an informed consent document, which includes specific information about the nature of the study:

Overview of the Study

  • A statement that the study involves research
  • An explanation of the purposes of the research
  • Expected duration of the subject's participation
  • Description of the procedures to be followed
  • Whether any procedures are experimental

Risks, Benefits, & Alternatives

  • A description of any foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject
  • A description of any benefits to the subject or to others which may be expected
  • Existence of any alternative procedures or treatments that might be advantageous to the subject

Confidentiality

  • A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained

Compensation & Treatment

  • For research involving more than minimal risk:
    • An explanation as to whether any compensation will be provided
    • An explanation as to whether any medical treatments are available if injury occurs and, if so, what they consist of, or where further information may be obtained

Contact Information

  • Whom to contact for answers to questions about the research and research subjects' rights
  • Whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject

Ability to Withdraw Without Penalty

  • A statement indicating that:
    • Participation is voluntary
    • Refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled
    • The subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled

Exceptions to Informed Consent

Anonymous Surveys

If the research you took part in consisted of anonymous surveys, the researcher may not have been required to have you sign the document and return it. Research applications do not require a signed informed consent document if:

  • The research is no greater than minimal risk to participants
  • A breach in confidentiality would constitute the principal risk to participants
  • A signed consent form would be the only record linking the participant to the research
  • The research does not include any activities that would require signed consent in non-research settings

Signatures on the Consent Documents

For research studies that do not require the informed consent documents to be signed, it is not necessary for researchers to provide hard copies of the informed consent document to potential participants. The researcher may post the document online or send it via email.  


Deception Research

At times it is necessary for a researcher to temporarily deceive participants. Research that qualifies for a deceptive consent document and debriefing statement can pose no greater than minimal risk (equal to the risk involved in performing everyday activities) to participants.

An example of this would be a project in which providing the complete purpose of the research would serve to discourage participants from taking part or influence how they respond to survey questions.

Altered Informed Consent Information

In these instances, the researcher will create a consent document containing the necessary deception or excluding information along with a debriefing statement that identifies the deceptive aspects of the document and explains the reason for the deception or true nature of the research. The researcher will present the altered consent document to participants prior to their taking part in the study.

Debriefing

Once the study has concluded, the researcher will use the debriefing statement to explain the deception or true nature of the research.