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Before agreeing to participate in this research study, it is important that you read and understand the following explanation of the purpose, benefits and risks of the study and how it will be conducted. 

Title of Study: Cultivating Safe College Campuses: A College Sexual Assault Policy & Prevention Consortium

Investigators:  Dr. Maureen McGuinness (Dean of Students), Inya Baiye (Title IX Coordinator), and Renee McNamara (Survivor Advocate), University of North Texas (UNT)

Purpose of the Study: You are being asked to participate in a research study which involves the issue of sexual assault at UNT and other Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) and other partner organizations. The project will measure progression and success through an evaluation approach in order to answer the questions: 1) Are we achieving our objectives? And 2) what is the impact/change occurring? The goal of these questions is to create a consistent, effective response to campus sexual assault. 

Study Procedures: You will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. 

Foreseeable Risks: There are no foreseeable risks in participating in this survey beyond those experienced in everyday life. Some of the survey questions are personal and you might experience emotional discomfort while answering them. The survey will include a list of resources on and off campus for you.

 

Benefits to the Subjects or Others: This study is not expected to be of any direct benefit to you, but we hope to learn more about UNT’s campus climate and this will help university administrators ensure that the environment at this school is safe for students. Specifically, the school may be able to identify the characteristics of students who are most at risk of sexual violence, which will enable the school to target sexual violence resources and prevention training to vulnerable student populations. The survey is also expected to yield insight into the reasons why students who have experienced sexual violence do not report the incident. This information will aid the school in developing policies and procedures that encourage reporting and support the victim throughout the process. Finally, the survey is expected to capture information about students’ attitudes toward sexual violence and identify gaps in prevention training. This will aid the institution to design prevention programming that will more effectively impact students’ attitudes and change their behavior toward sexual violence

 

Compensation for Participants: Students participating in the survey will greatly contribute to the betterment of UNT campus. All information gathered as a result of this survey will be carefully utilized to strengthen sexual violence prevention education programming and response to sexual violence cases. We will also offer incentives to randomly-drawn participants.

 

Procedures for Maintaining Confidentiality of Research Records: UNT will not have direct access to the results of the survey. The results will be sent to a third party who will compile the data and send it back. The survey will not ask for any identifying information and your responses are anonymous. In the event of any publication or presentation of the survey results, no personally identifiable information will be shared. Survey responses will be reported in terms of groups of students rather than as individual cases. Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree possible given the technology and practices used by the online survey company. Your participation in this online survey involves risks to confidentiality similar to a person’s everyday use of the internet.

Questions about the Study: If you have any questions about the study, you may contact Dr. Maureen McGuinness at moe@unt.edu or Inya Baiye at Inya.Baiye@unt.edu. 

Review for the Protection of Participants: This research study has been reviewed and approved by the UNT Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The UNT IRB can be contacted at (940) 565-4643 with any questions regarding the rights of research subjects.

Research Participants’ Rights:

Your participation in the survey confirms that you have read all of the above and that you agree to all of the following:

  • Dr. McGuinness or Inya Baiye have explained the study to you and you have had an opportunity to contact her with any questions about the study. You have been informed of the possible benefits and the potential risks of the study.
  • You understand that you do not have to take part in this study, and your refusal to participate or your decision to withdraw will involve no penalty or loss of rights or benefits.  The study personnel may choose to stop your participation at any time.
  • Your decision whether to participate or to withdraw from the study will have no effect on your grade or standing in this course.
  • You understand why the study is being conducted and how it will be performed. 
  • You understand your rights as a research participant and you voluntarily consent to participate in this study.
  • You understand you may print a copy of this form for your records.  
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