Applications and Guidelines

Plan to conduct an anonymous survey? You do not need an Informed Consent Form. Simply place the information that participants will read before they take the survey and label it Online Cover Sheet (for online surveys) or Tear-Off Cover Page (for paper surveys).

  • Select Applications for forms or to review sample applications
  • Select Appendices for required recruitment statements and informed consent forms
  • Select Guidelines and Forms for Ithaca College's Guidelines, federal regulations, HIPPA or Notice of Completion forms

Don't Forget to Include:

Appendix A
Recruitment Statement and/or flyer - what you plan to say to participants to encourage them to participate and/or the flyer you plan to post on campus

Appendix B
Informed Consent Form
If you plan to conduct an anonymous survey, you can use one of the following in place of the Informed Consent Form:

Appendix C
All Survey Instruments - questions, scales, tests, etc.

All applications will be deemed incomplete if they are not accompanied by the appropriate appendices.

Informed Consent Form-Appendix B

Informed Consent Form-Appendix B

Informed consent is not just a form to be signed; it is an educational process that takes place between the investigator and the prospective participants.

The basic elements of the consent process include:

  • full disclosure of the nature of the research and the participant's involvement,
  • adequate comprehension on the part of the potential participant, and
  • the participant's voluntary choice to participate.

Use Informed Consent Form for everything BUT

Online Anonymous Surveys - Use Online Cover Sheet

Anonymous Paper and Pencil Surveys - Use Tear-off Cover Sheet

Helpful Hints
  • Use common, ordinary language instead of technical, academic terms. Ideally we would like consent forms to be written an 8th grade reading level.

  • Try to keep the sentences as short and simple as possible.

  • Write in the second person using you/your pronouns. For example: "You are being asked to participate in a research project…," "If you have questions later, you may contact…,"

  • Use adequate white space so that the form is easy to read, and avoid using small fonts to squeeze all the text onto one page.

  • Headings for paragraphs are helpful and make the form easier to read and understand.