Ethics Checklist

Exempt Studies

  1. Does the study include observation of public behavior with no intervention and no identifying information collection?
  2. Does the study analyze publicly available documents (archival research)?
  3. Does the study include only surveys collected anonymously and include a statement that participants can skip any question that makes them uncomfortable or stop at any point?

Studies needing special care and review for first time researchers

  1. Does the study involve questions about undesirable personal characteristics (prejudice, discrimination, aggression)?
  2. Does the study involve participants from a population of concern?
  3. Does the study involve deception?
  4. Does the study involve participants ingesting anything (food, medicine, etc.) other than water?
  5. Does the study involve invasive measures?
  6. Does the study involve collecting potentially endangering information (illegal behavior, etc.)?
  7. Does the study involve collecting personal identifying information about the participants and keeping it associated with their data?

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