Research Seeking Volunteers
Periodically UNC faculty, staff, and students need the participation of the public in their research studies. These studies are used to gather data for analysis in the research process. UNC students are invited to volunteer as well as the general public. These studies vary based on the research topic and the research needs. Some studies involve answering questions on- line or in person and others require actual physical activity.
Knowing your rights. You may choose to volunteer as a participant in a research project
for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a special interest in the topic; want to
contribute to science, or see other benefits in participating. Please be assured that
you are in no way obligated to participate and can always withdraw from a study if
at first you decide to join the research and later change your mind.
Disclaimers. Only investigations that have been approved by the University's Institutional Review Board as adhering to strong ethical principles are included on this website. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs verifies IRB approval, but does not review or endorse the views, methodologies, results, or conclusions of projects posted on this site. Out of respect for disciplinary expertise and academic freedom, the Assistant Vice president for Research relies on faculty and staff (and in the case of students, also the research advisors) to ensure the integrity of their research.
Learning more about Protection of participants. Participants who would like to learn more about regulations designed to protect the rights of research participants can examine these materials: