Informed consent is a process whose goal is to respect the research subject’s dignity. The process does this by attending to the subject’s right to deliberate and to make a knowing decision whether to cooperate with the investigator’s research interest.
NOTE: The sample forms below are only examples which may require revisions based on the type of project and changes in IRB guidelines. If you are unsure, or unclear, on whether significant revisions would be required, please contact either of the chairs of the IRB, Dr. Abby Dings, phone 512-863-1667, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Kathryn Prater, phone 512-863-1978, email email@example.com or the Office of Institutional Research, at ext. 1390.
All research participants under the age of 18 or not enrolled in college must provide written parental (or guardian) consent in order to participate in College-sponsored research projects.
If the subject is a minor, an assent form should be signed by those subjects capable of reading and understanding the form.
If a research project requires the use of written informed consent or a child’s assent, sample forms are available which may be adapted as appropriate.