1. Study Information Form

You are being invited to participate in a research study titled The Impact of School Shootings and Violent Crimes on Campus on Undergraduate Students.

This study is being done by Gina Danca, M.A., LSW from Midwestern University, Downers Grove.  You should take this survey if you are a current undergraduate student.

Why are we doing this research study?

The purpose of this research study is to identify how students perceive school shootings, their fear of crime, avoidance behaviors, and knowledge of crime on campus.
Who can participate in this research study?
 Those who can participate are individuals aged 18 and older, who are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university in the United States. You may be attending school in person, or you may be attending classes online, if you would traditionally be an in-person student. Essentially, if you are taking classes online due to COVID-19, but would typically be taking them in person, you are eligible to participate.

What will I be asked to do and how much time will it take?

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to take part in a study that is conducted all online. First, you will be asked to read a vignette that discusses a hypothetical university. Next, you will be asked to answer a series of questions, some that ask you to imagine your emotional and behavioral responses if you were attending the university described. The survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.

Will being in this research study help me in any way?

You may not directly benefit from this research; however, we hope that your participation in the study may help with the advancement of knowledge pertaining to undergraduate students’ perceptions of crime on campus.

What are my risks of being in this research study?

Possible risks/discomforts associated with the study are psychological distress, as some of the information and questions pertain to information that could be deemed as triggering or uncomfortable for some individuals. We believe there are minimal risks associated with this research study; however, a risk of breach of confidentiality always exists and we have taken the steps to minimize this risk as outlined in a section below. If you feel distressed following your participation in the study you will be provided with information on resources to contact at the end of the survey. Therefore, if you decide to exit the survey before your participation has completed, please scroll to the end of the survey to gain access to the resources.

How will my personal information be protected?
To the best of our ability your answers in this study will remain confidential.  There are a number of measures in place to minimize risks to breach of your personal information. First, through the study, we collect no identifiable information. You will not be asked to provide your name, date of birth, or college that you attend. Therefore, with no identifiable information collected, any answers you give cannot be linked to you. There is the potential for a breach to your anonymity in participating in an online survey that is not more, and in some cases, less than that of regular internet use. In particular, the survey platform that is used for the study, called SurveyMonkey, is encrypted, and thus, the risk for a breach of your email address is low.

Will I be given any money or other compensation for being in this research study?
No compensation will be given for participating in this study.

What happens if I say yes, but I change my mind later?
 Participation in the study is completely voluntary. You may choose to exit the survey at any time by exiting the survey platform (i.e., closing out the window on your browser). Therefore, if you agree to be in the study, but later change your mind, you may drop out at any time. There are no penalties or consequences if you decide that you do not want to participate.”

Who can I talk to if I have questions?
If you have questions about this project or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact the researcher(s), Gina Danca M.A., LSW at (630)946-9201 and/or gdanca76@midwestern.edu, Rachel Piszczor Psy.D. at (630) 515-7633 and/or rpiszc@midwestern.edu. This study has been approved by the Midwestern University Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact Dr. James Woods, Director, Institutional Review Board,  Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (630) 515-6396.

 By clicking “I agree” below you are indicating that you are at least 18 years old, have read this study information form, and agree to participate in this research study. You are free to skip any question that you choose.

Please print a copy of this page for your records.

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* 1. Do you agree to participate in the study?

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