Consent Letter Template Research Paper

Sample Consent Form

[note that this is a sample and should be altered to accurately reflect your individual study]

School, Leisure, and Work Time Study Consent Form

You are being asked to take part in a research study of how college students with jobs manage their school, leisure and work time. We are asking you to take part because you signed up at the SUSAN web site for this study. Please read this form carefully and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to take part in the study.

What the study is about: The purpose of this study is to learn how students who have paid jobs manage their class work. You must be working at least 10 hours a week for pay to take part in this study.

What we will ask you to do: If you agree to be in this study, we will conduct an interview with you. The interview will include questions about your job, the hours you work, how much you earn, the number of classes you take at Cornell, how much you study, social and leisure activities, your health and well-being, and how much you sleep. The interview will take about 30 minutes to complete. With your permission, we would also like to tape-record the interview.

Risks and benefits:

There is the risk that you may find some of the questions about your job conditions to be sensitive. [Note: For studies posing no specific risks, use the IRB standard minimal risk statement, "I do not anticipate any risks to you participating in this study other than those encountered in day-to-day life."]

There are no benefits to you. Cornell is a very demanding place to be a student and we hope to learn more about students who work while earning degrees.

Compensation: You may earn extra credit if you are taking a class that offers credit for research studies. The class instructor will assign credit according to class policy. If you wish, you may earn $3 instead of extra credit.

Your answers will be confidential. The records of this study will be kept private. In any sort of report we make public we will not include any information that will make it possible to identify you. Research records will be kept in a locked file; only the researchers will have access to the records. If we tape-record the interview, we will destroy the tape after it has been transcribed, which we anticipate will be within two months of its taping.

Taking part is voluntary: Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. You may skip any questionsthat you do not want to answer. If you decide not to take part or to skip some of the questions, it will not affect your current or future relationship with Cornell University. If you decide to take part, you are free to withdraw at any time.

If you have questions: The researchers conducting this study are Randy Jackson and Prof. Simon Cowell. Please ask any questions you have now. If you have questions later, you may contact Randy Jackson at or at 1-800-555-4365. You can reach Prof. Cowell at or 1-800-555-4365, ext. 1000. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your rights as a subject in this study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 607-255-5138 or access their website at You may also report your concerns or complaints anonymously through Ethicspoint ( or by calling toll free at 1-866-293-3077. Ethicspoint is an independent organization that serves as a liaison between the University and the person bringing the complaint so that anonymity can be ensured.

You will be given a copy of this form to keep for your records.

Statement of Consent: I have read the above information, and have received answers to any questions I asked. I consent to take part in the study.

Your Signature ___________________________________ Date ________________________

Your Name (printed) ____________________________________________________________

In addition to agreeing to participate, I also consent to having the interview tape-recorded.

Your Signature ___________________________________ Date _________________________

Signature of person obtaining consent ______________________________ Date _____________________

Printed name of person obtaining consent ______________________________ Date _____________________

This consent form will be kept by the researcher for at least three years beyond the end of the study.

The title of the study should appear at the top of every page.

Institutional Review Board

Sample Form: Consent Cover Letter for Survey Research



NOTE:  Fill in blanks “italicized language” (add/delete) as appropriate to your research.  Remember to delete these instructions and any other non-applicable language.

Dear Participant,

I invite you to participate in a research study entitled (specify): _______________________. I am currently enrolled in the (specify program) at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, and am in the process of writing my (i.e., Master’s Thesis). The purpose of the research is to determine: ________________________________________________.

The enclosed questionnaire has been designed to collect information on:  _________________________________________________.

Your participation in this research project is completely voluntary. You may decline altogether, or leave blank any questions you don’t wish to answer. There are no known risks to participation beyond those encountered in everyday life. Your responses will remain confidential and anonymous. Data from this research will be kept under lock and key and reported only as a collective combined total. No one other than the researchers will know your individual answers to this questionnaire.

If you agree to participate in this project, please answer the questions on the questionnaire as best you can. It should take approximately (specify time)to complete. Please return the questionnaire as soon as possible in the enclosed business reply envelope.(OR give instructions as to what to do with the completed survey)

If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact INVESTIGATOR name & title at CONTACT INFORMATION. Information on the rights of human subjects in research is available through the NDNU’s Institutional Review Board at Notre Dame de Namur University 1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA, 94002; website:; (insert name and contact number of the current IRB Chair).

Thank you for your assistance in this important endeavor.

Sincerely yours,



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