Information for Study Participants

As a study participant, you have the right to know:

  • Why the research is being conducted;
  • What you will be asked to do as a research participant;
  • What types of questions you will be asked during study participation;
  • What risks are associated with the research study and what safeguards are in place to minimize any risks;
  • What benefits there are to study participation, including whether you will be compensated for your participation (financially or otherwise);
  • What will happen with any data collected about you during the study;
  • How your personal information will be kept confidential;
  • Who will have access to research data, including confidential information;
  • Who you can contact with concerns about the research study you are participating in.

As a study participant, you have the right to:

  • Decide whether or not to participate in a research study;
  • Sufficient time to review and fully understand the consent form;
  • Be presented with a consent form written in language you understand;
  • Ask questions at any time;
  • Drop out of a study without penalty at any time;
  • Keep a copy of the consent form for your records (recommended);
  • Submit complaints or direct concerns to the IRB office if you feel you were treated unfairly or have any concerns about your participation.

Who should I contact with concerns about the study I am participating in?

Study participants are encouraged to discuss any concerns with the principal investigator of the research study. However, if study participants do not feel comfortable communicating with the principal investigators directly, concerns may be brought to the attention of Sarah Muenster-Blakley, Director of the Institutional Review Board, at or (651)-962-6035.

Who reviews the research study prior to my participation?

All human subjects research studies sponsored by the University of St. Thomas are reviewed, approved, and monitored by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

What is Informed Consent?

Information regarding what participants can expect during the informed consent process is outlined in Informed Consent Guidelines for Investigators. If you feel you were not informed about the study prior to participation, had questions that were not answered, or did not receive a consent form, please email or call the IRB office at or (651) 962-6035.

The link below will direct to the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) page containing informational videos, infographics, a list of questions to ask researchers, and additional resources for individuals considering participating in research. 

OHRP About Research Participation