Statement of Informed Consent

Research, including assessment and evaluation of the teaching and learning process, will be conducted at Merced College in established or commonly accepted educational settings and will involve normal educational practices.

Information gathered relating to student knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors will be kept anonymous and/or confidential, and participation shall expose students to no or minimal risk of harm. By enrolling and attending Merced College courses, students have volunteered as subjects, have been fully informed, and have given their consent to participate in education-based research. Students will be fully informed should the research parameters change. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law regulating the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution, primarily in the areas of release of the records and the access provided to those records. Students are protected under both FERPA law and the Human Subjects Review process.