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Informed Consent

Information about informed consent as it relates to research.

The consent process is designed to provide information to research participants so that they can make an informed decision about whether to participate in the research..

Participation in research is always voluntary. Whether documented with an informed consent form or not, the process of providing information and obtaining consent must always be honored. Participants must always be told they can choose not to participate or can withdraw at any time during the research with no penalty.

The investigator, faculty advisers, IRB members, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are bound by ethics and law to do all possible to ensure that research participants are protected. Research participants do not waive their rights to protection from harm by signing an informed consent form.

When feasible and appropriate, the procedure for obtaining consent should include having the participant sign a document that provides the required elements of information about the project.

Signed consent is generally required when research is nonexempt, when minors or protected/sensitive populations are involved, when participants are being videotaped/audio-taped, or when participants can be identified (directly or indirectly) and disclosure of their responses outside of the research could reasonably place the participant at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the participant's financial standing, employability, or reputation.

Participants must be provided with a copy of the consent document; the researcher also keeps a copy.

Please download our Example Informed Consent Checklist for ideas of how to create your Informed Consent Document.

We also provide the following examples of Informed Consent Documents. Please feel free to model your customized Informed Consent Document after one of these models.

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by Reinke, Heidi last modified Jan 19, 2012 10:50 AM