Consent to Participate

Consent to Participate 

Thank you for your interest in this study. You have been asked to participate because you work as an administrator at an institution of higher education. 

Title of Study

Policies for Individuals with Histories of Sexual Offenses in Higher Education

Principal Investigators
Elizabeth Jeglic, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
(212) 484-1195

Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
(212) 484-1111

The purpose of this research is to examine higher education institutions' policies and attitudes regarding applicants or students who have been previously convicted of sexual offenses.

If you volunteer to participate in this research study, we will ask you to complete the following anonymous online survey. The survey will ask questions about policies for individuals with histories of sexual offenses at the institution where you serve, or previously served, in an administrator capacity.

Time Commitment
The completion of this survey will take approximately 3 minutes.

Payment for Participation
You will not receive any payment for participating in this research study.

Potential Risks or Discomforts 
The foreseeable risks for this study are minimal. While we anticipate that the questions you will be asked to answer and the information you will receive will not have an effect on your emotional state, you may skip any questions that make you feel uncomfortable or you do not wish to answer. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.

Potential Benefits 
While participants may not benefit directly from this study, the results will benefit the advancement of knowledge regarding the community reintegration of individuals who previously committed sexual offenses.
We will put forth our best efforts to maintain your confidentiality. Any information that is collected during this study that could possibly identify you will be kept confidential. We will disclose information only with your permission or as required by law. We will protect your confidentiality by not gathering any identifiable information. Please know that your responses will not be connected to your name, email, or any other identifying information.

The collected data will be accessible to the Principal Investigators, Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic and Dr. Cynthia Calkins Mercado, and the research team whose members have all taken the Collaboration Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training course for Social and Behavioral Faculty, Gradate Students and Postdoctoral Students. The research team, authorized CUNY staff, and government agencies that oversee this type of research may have access to research data and records in order to monitor the research. Research records provided to authorized, non-CUNY individuals will not contain identifiable information about you. Publications and/or presentations that result from this study will not identify you by name. The results will be analyzed and reported in aggregate form only, and cannot be identified individually.
Participants’ Rights
Your participation in this research study is entirely voluntary.

If you decide not to participate, there will be no penalty to you and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You can decide to withdraw your consent and discontinue your participation at any time, without any penalty.
Questions, Comments or Concerns
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you may contact Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic by telephone at 212 484-1195 or by email at

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please call the CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918.

* You are making a decision whether or not to participate.

Your affirmation indicates that:
  • You are age 18 or older;
  • You are currently or have been previously employed as an administrator at an institution of higher education;
  • You have decided to participate in the present study after reading the information provided above.

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