Before you decide to participate in a research project, it is important that you understand your rights as a student research participant.
Informed Consent. Prior to participating in a study from the research pool, you will be provided with an explanation of the study and an explanation of any risks or benefits associated with the study. Only after indicating that you have been informed and that you freely consent to participating in the study will you be allowed to participate.
Confidentiality. Your confidentiality will be protected each time you participate in a research study. Your name will never be associated with your responses or actions. Your instructor will not have any knowledge of your specific responses or actions during the time of participation.
No Loss of Benefits. As stated earlier, participation in the research pool is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to participate in a research study, feel free to complete an approved alternative assignment to earn ArgoPoints. You may also “mix and match” by completing one or more research studies and also completing one or more alternative assignments. However, there is a limit to the amount of extra credit that you may earn in a single course.
No Penalty. If you miss an appointment, you will not be penalized—meaning you will not lose ArgoPoints. Furthermore, if a researcher or research assistant misses an appointment with you due to their own error, you will receive full ArgoPoints for attempting to participate in a research study. If you miss more than 3 scheduled appointments, then you will be prohibited from signing up for additional research studies. However, you may still complete alternative reading assignments for ArgoPoints.
Right to Discontinue Participation. If at any time during your participation you begin to feel uncomfortable and decide that you do not want to participate anymore, you will not be penalized.