Informed Consent

Georgia Highlands College

Documentation of Informed Consent to Participate in Research

Project Title: Contextual Crime Effects on Police Recommendations for Follow Up Procedures

Researcher(s): Wright, Stephanie & Morris, Erika

For information about this study, please contact the principal investigator:
Dr. Stephanie Wright; F-146, McCorkle Building; 706/368.7617, stwright@highlands.edu

You have been asked to be a part of the research described here. Participation is voluntary.

The purpose of this study: To better understand the relationship between elements of sexual assault crimes and the likelihood of certain police responses.

What to expect: During this study, you will be asked to read the report of a sexual assault, assuming the role of the officer taking the report. Once you've read the report, you will be asked to respond to a series of questionnaires.

Risks and discomforts to you if you take part in this study: Because this study is investigating how people feel about sexual assault, you will be asked questions about potentially upsetting situations. These feelings should be mild and temporary and go away within a few minutes of completing the final questions. However, if you feel you might be more than just a little bit upset by the scenarios and/or questions in this study, you are free to opt out. If you’re sitting in a face-to-face class.

The benefits to you if you take part in this study: There are no direct benefits to you if you decide to participate in this study. However, you might finish the study with a better understanding of your own ideas about sexual assault. As a secondary benefit of the study, we think this is great.

What will you receive for taking part in this study: No participants will be compensated for this study other than to receive the researchers’ humble respect and gratitude.

What will happen to the information collected in this study: As is permitted by law, all electronic data collected for this study will be kept in an encrypted file for a period of three years, after which it will be destroyed. As no personally identifiable information will be collected, anonymity is assured even in the unlikely and unfortunate case of a data breach.

What rights do you have when you take part in this study: Participation in this research is voluntary. Deciding not to take part, or to stop being a part of this research will result in no penalty, fine or loss of benefits that you otherwise have a right to.

If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or if you wish to report any harm, injury, risk or other concern, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wright, Chair of the GHC Institutional Review Board (IRB) for human subjects research at stwright@highlands.edu.

This study has been approved by the Georgia Highlands Institutional Review Board, Approval # 2018-01-09.

Conflict of Interest: The researchers have no financial or other conflicting interest in performing this study.

Resources:

GHC Counseling Support; http://www2.highlands.edu/site/sss-counseling-support; 706/368.7707
Sexual Assault Center of NW GA; http://www.sacnwga.org; 706/292.9024

CONTINUING WITH THIS STUDY INDICATES YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ABOVE AND YOUR CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE. 

NOTE: WHEN YOU FINISH SCREENSHOT OR PRINT THE FINAL THANK YOU PAGE IF YOU NEED TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE STUDY AGAIN. 
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