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Informed Consent

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What is Informed Consent?

Informed consent is the term given to the communication process that allows individuals to make an informed choice about participation in a research study. This process is reflected in an informed consent document that contains specific, required information about the research study. The informed consent document serves as the formal authorization by an individual of their agreement to participate in the proposed research.

The human subjects in your project must participate willingly, having been adequately informed about the research. If the human subjects in your project are part of a vulnerable population (i.e. prisoners, cognitively impaired individuals, or minors), special protections are required. Contact the IRB Office for more information.

Informed Consent Templates

Sample Informed Consent Documents

Other Documents:

  • Sample Letters of Cooperation • [Word version] (June 2009)
    All letters of cooperation/site approvals must be on letterhead and signed by an appropriate official. Upload these letters electronically in PDF format in Section 3-1 of the application.