Research Participant Rights

Participant Activities

The role of the research participant will vary in each study, but some examples of common participant activities are to:

  • Take part in interviews (individual or group)
  • Complete questionnaires or surveys
  • Allow researchers to observe behavior
  • Complete physical or psychological exams
  • Give samples of blood, saliva, or other materials.

Participant Rights

If you have been asked to participate in research, you may decide whether or not you want to participate. You have the right to make this decision without any pressure, and there will not be any consequences if you refuse.

You have the right to receive information about the study, in order to make an informed decision regarding participation. This information will be provided to you in writing, and is usually marked as an “informed consent form.” The information must be in a language that you can understand. You have the right to ask questions at any time and to have your questions answered.

You may stop participating in the research study at any time, for any reason. You do not have to justify your decision to leave the study.

You can also contact the Stan State IRB office with questions about your rights related to research.

Si tiene alguna pregunta referente a sus derechos como participante in la investigación, favor dirigirse a los recursos enumerados aquí

Minors in Research

Minors can participate in research studies, but there are some additional protections for children that must be observed by researchers. For example, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide permission for the child to participate. If the child is old enough to understand the study, the child may also be asked to give agreement or assent to participate in the research.

Report a Concern

If you would like to report a violation of your rights as a research participant, please contact the IRB administrator.