Informed Consent

Please review the notice of Informed Consent below.
You are being invited to participate in a research project conducted by Travis Coufal, who is a graduate student at University of the Rockies. This research study is about inclusion of LGBTQ student-athletes on NCAA sport teams. To be eligible, a participant for the study will have graduated or participated in sport between the years 2006 and 2016 and participated on an NCAA sport team for 2 years.

You will be asked to review existing NCAA guidelines: “Champions of Respect: Inclusion of LGBTQ Student- Athletes and Staff in NCAA Programs” and comment on the extent to which policy and best practice recommendations were implemented on your sport teams. You will also be asked to describe the state of inclusion on your team and identify what makes some student-athletes drawn to promote inclusion while others are not. The questionnaire will take you 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete depending on the depth of your responses.
The potential risks associated with this study are dependent upon the individual participant. Gay or lesbian former student-athletes who had negative experiences while competing because of their sexual orientation may experience discomfort reliving those experiences. A heterosexual former student-athlete who holds negative beliefs or attitudes about gays and lesbians may fear being judged negatively for their beliefs. Another possible risk is accidental compromising of participants’ confidentiality. The project is expected to benefit participants by contributing to the understanding of successful inclusion of LGBTQ athletes on sport teams.

If you have decided to participate in this project, please understand that your participation is voluntary and that you have the right to withdraw at any time with no penalty. If you wish to stop, you can simply stop filling out the questionnaire and close your web browser. A survey is not complete until the participant clicks “Done” on the last page of the survey. Incomplete or partial survey responses will not be included in the data analysis. Incomplete or partial responses will be deleted.

In addition, your individual privacy will be maintained in all publications or presentations resulting from this study. Each participant will be assigned a code that consists of a random number. Your name will not be associated with your responses in any way. Pseudonyms will be assigned to each participant code for the written case study report. Data will be destroyed 5 years after the completion of the dissertation. The dissertation chair, committee, or IRB chair may also access the data, if necessary.

If you have any questions regarding this project, you may contact the researcher, Travis Coufal, at or 720-315-9489. If you have questions regarding your rights as research participant or any concerns regarding this project, you may contact my advisor, Kenneth C. Sherman, at, or you may report concerns – confidentially, if you wish – to the University of the Rockies Chairperson of the Institutional Review Board by emailing

IRB Approval Number: IRB 17-003-O                      IRB Expiration Date: 04/19/2018

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* 1. I understand the above information and voluntarily consent to participate in the research. I further attest that I am at least 21 years of age.