All investigations involving human subjects at UCSD are governed by a set of regulations. These regulations have been put in place to protect the rights of people who participate as subjects in research projects. If a research process will put a subject at risk, the subject must be informed of the risks and must consent to participate prior to the conduct of the research. The research projects in this class will be conducted under the terms of an application that Professor Hutchins submitted to the governing committees. You must comply with these terms. Before you collect data from anyone, you must obtain their informed consent. That is, you must tell them what you want them to do, what information you are going to collect, and what you will do with the information you collect.
Before you collect data from anyone, you must obtain their informed consent. That is, you must tell them what you want them to do, what information your are going to collect, and what you will do with the information you collect.
You must retain a copy of the consent given by all participating subjects. You must keep a record of the total number of subjects you work with.
The principal potential risks of the projects for this class are that a subject might say something in the course of an interview that, if later revealed by the student doing the interview, could cause the subject embarrassment or some undesired social consequence.
You will not interview subjects about their personal lives or other topics that may be socially sensitive. You will not collect any sort of data on any illegal activity. You will do whatever you can to protect the interests of the subjects.
If complications arise in your relationship to a subject or subjects, report the problem to your professor immediately. The instructors together with the student and the subject will work together to resolve any difficulties.
For the interview project (Project 3), informed consent will be obtained by the student at the beginning of the interview using the InterviewConsent form.
For observational studies, informed consent will be obtained by the student using the ObservationConsent form before beginning observations.
For video studies (Project 4 & 5), informed consent will be obtained by the student using the Video Recording Consent Form, before making any observations.