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 not ever be associated with your responses or actions. Furthermore, your confidentiality will be protected with regards to your decision to participate in the research pool or not to participate. Your instructor/professor will have no knowledge that you have participated in research until the end of the semester when they assign your extra credit. Even then, they 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 or be prevented from future participation. 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.
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.