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CPGC Student Research Funding and IRB 2019-2020

Institutional Review Board

All students doing research with human subjects for their theses are required to follow the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. This process protects the safety of both the researcher and the informants.

You will work with your faculty advisor to prepare your proposal, using forms available on the IRB website. The Board typically comes to a decision in 2-3 weeks (longer in the summer). Revisions are occasionally required, so plan ahead and begin this process early.

For more information, and to access the required forms, visit the Office of the Provost IRB Site.

Consent Forms

Consent forms are used to ensure that research participants are fully aware of what their role in the research is and how their information will be used.

The basic elements of informed consent are as follows:

  • A statement that the study involves research,
  • an explanation of the purposes of the research and
  • the expected duration of the subject's participation,
  • a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental

(2) A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject;

(3) A description of any benefits to the subject or to others which may reasonably be expected from the research;

(4) A disclosure of appropriate alternative procedures or courses of treatment, if any, that might be advantageous to the subject;

(5) A statement describing the extent, if any, to which confidentiality of records identifying the subject will be maintained;

(6) For research involving more than minimal risk, an explanation as to whether any com­pen­sation and 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;

  • An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research subjects’ rights,  [Suggested text: If you have further questions about the research or your rights as a research participant, please contact (your name and contact information). You may also address any concerns to _____, chairperson of Haverford College's IRB (a committee with oversight over human subject research).]
  • and whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject; and

(8) A statement that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and the subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled.



(taken from the IRB proposal form)

Consent form templates:

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Swarthmore College has helpfully compiled a range of consent form templates.

The Office for Human Subject Protection at Rochester University provides several template options, including short forms in various languages.