Templates (consent and recruitment)

Note: consent forms should be written in a way that facilitates participant comprehension. The general recommendation from the Office of Human Research Protections is that consent forms should read at an 8th grade level. Follow these instructions to check the readability of your consent form.

Clinicaltrials.gov "Plain Language checklist for Lay Brief Summaries," a glossary of lay terms is available in the resources section.  

Consent Template — (revised 12/20/19) a template that can be used for most studies. This template includes A/V information and a child assent template. 

  • TIP! make sure your consent form and application consistently describe the study. Lack of congruency across documents is a frequent IRB comment. 

Online Study Consent Template - (revised 4/10/20) a template to be used for online studies

Parental Consent Template — a template to be used for parental consent 

Assent Template - (posted 10/21/22) - this template can be used for children under 12 years of age some adult populations that may have limited decision making capacity. 

Clinical Trial and Biomedical Study Consent Template - (new 11/5/21) use this template for clinical trial and biomedical studies. 

Audio/Video Consent Form - RETIRED, relevant information has been merged with the "consent template." 

Class Project Consent Form - this template is only to be used for class project applications - do not use this for requests submitted via Kuali. 

Letter of Support — A sample letter of support for research from a school/institution/entity, to be used as a template by the investigator.

Recruitment Guidance and Template — This includes information on participant recruitment (including the use of social media) and includes templates for letter, email, and flier recruitment. 

Debriefing Template - for deception studies - a template to be used when creating a debriefing script.

Referral Template - This template provides counseling referral contact information for projects that involve sensitive or emotional content. This is not a referral procedure - investigators are responsible for developing their own procedures.