Human Subjects

Policies & Guidance

Students as Subjects

The IRB reviews a number of protocols from faculty proposing to recruit students from their classes to serve as research participants. While this practice is not prohibited, whenever possible, faculty should avoid using their own students if another population of subjects is equally suited to the research question, such as another class section not taught by the researcher, recruitment by another instructor, or blinded/coded data collected by an associate so that subjects are not identifiable to the instructor. When it is determined to be appropriate to recruit students, several key issues should be considered.

Use of Researcher's Students as Subjects

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Primary and Secondary School Subjects

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Use of Student Academic Records

If a researcher wishes to gain access to identifiable student academic records, signed consent may be required. Please contact the IU Human Subjects Office for additional guidance.

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