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Students and Employees

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Students and Employees as Subjects

When University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and/or employees are being recruited as potential subjects, researchers must ensure that there are additional safeguards for these subjects. The voluntary nature of their participation must be primary and without undue influence on their decision. Researchers must emphasize to subjects that their grades at, status at, or future relations with the University of Illinois will NOT be affected by their participation decision.

To minimize coercion, investigators should avoid, whenever possible, the use of their own students and employees in research procedures which are neither therapeutic nor diagnostic.  In these latter situations, investigators should solicit subjects through means such as bulletin board notices, flyers, advertisements in newspapers, and announcements in classes other than their own. When entering a classroom to recruit students and/or conduct research, investigators must do so at the end of the class period to allow non-participating students the option of leaving the classroom, thereby alleviating pressure to participate.

Possible additional information regarding employees:

University Policy on Students and Employees

Departmental Subject Pool

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology subject pool consists of all students enrolled in Psychology 100. Each Psychology 100 student must complete six hours of research for course credit. Students who do not wish to participate in research projects will be provided with an alternate equivalent task in order to earn the required credit.

The Department of Psychology conducts all research and training in accordance with the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association, and as appropriate, with the approval of the Illinois' Institutional Review Board. 

Department of Educational Psychology

The Department of Educational Psychology has a Subject Pool that may be utilized to serve as a source of subjects for researchers in all six departments in the College of Education and occasionally for researchers from other departments outside the College. OSURR manages the Subject Pool on behalf of the Educational Psychology Department.

Students who enroll in one of the following Educational Psychology courses (201, 220, 236, 400, 404, and 485) are notified at the time of enrollment that as part of the course requirements they are expected to serve as research subjects in the subject pool for a designated number of hours.

FERPA

Family educational rights and privacy act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students' educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.  The law does this by governing the release and access to student education records maintained by an educational institution.  FERPA applies when researchers obtain student records or personal education information from an education program as defined as any program principally engaged in the provision of education, including, but not limited to, early childhood education, elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, special education, job training, career and technical education, and adult education.
 

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for oversight of student educational records and compliance with FERPA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  For more information related to FERPA please see the following links below and the document labeled “Accessing Student Data”

http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/what-is-ferpa
http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article3_part6_3-603.html
http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/ferpa

The Urbana-Champaign campus legal counsel is currently working with the Office of the Registrar and OPRS on additional FERPA polices regarding research.

PPRA: The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98), a.k.a., “Student Rights in Research, Experimental Programs, and Testing”),  is a federal law that affords certain rights to parents of minor students with regard to surveys that ask questions of a personal nature.  The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 contains a major amendment to PPRA that gives parents more rights with regard to the surveying of minor students, the collection of information from students for marketing purposes, and certain non-emergency medical examinations.

[i] The relevant campus policy is: When Illinois students and/or employees are being recruited as potential subjects, researchers must ensure that there are additional safeguards for these subjects. The voluntary nature of their participation must be primary and without undue influence on their decision. Researchers must emphasize to subjects that neither their academic status or grades, or their employment, will be affected by their participation decision.

To minimize coercion, investigators should avoid, whenever possible, the use of their students and employees in procedures which are neither therapeutic nor diagnostic.  In these latter situations, investigators should solicit subjects through means such as bulletin board notices, flyers, advertisements in newspapers, and announcements in classes other than their own. When entering a classroom to recruit students and conduct research, e.g. administer a survey, investigators must do so at the end of the class period to allow non-participating students the option of leaving the classroom, thereby alleviating pressure to participate.