Research

Research Involving Students with Disabilities

Information for Students

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is responsible for maintaining appropriate confidentiality of records and communication concerning students with disabilities except where disclosure is required by law or authorized by a student. The CSD will not share student information, including names, email addresses, and/or other personal information with researchers or other third parties wishing to conduct research studies. In the case where a research study, approved by the University of Connecticut’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), seeks students with disabilities as participants, CSD will disseminate information regarding details about the research study directly to students that are potential participants.

Personal information including computer IP addresses cannot be collected as part of any study unless authorized by participating students. Participation in research studies is voluntary, and students must be allowed to withdraw from a study at any time. Please see the IRB’s website for detailed policies and procedures regarding research at http://irb.uconn.edu. Students that do not wish to receive information regarding research studies should contact the Center and submit in writing or in a conference with a CSD professional staff member a request to have their names removed from the list of potential research participants.

On occasion, the CSD will survey students that use the Center’s services. The information gathered through these surveys is used for the improvement of programs and services offered by the CSD. The CSD does not collect any personal information from students as part of the survey process. Please contact Kim McKeown, Assistant Director, at (860) 486-2020 or kimberly.mckeown@uconn.edu with any questions.



Information for University of Connecticut Researchers

All University of Connecticut students, including students with disabilities, are considered to be a “vulnerable population”. Thus, anyone wishing to include students with disabilities in a research study must receive approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB’s policies and procedures are detailed on the Office of Research Compliance website, http://irb.uconn.edu. Please contact UConn’s IRB directly for forms and approval process information.

Principal Investigators may contact the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) regarding dissemination of University IRB approved recruitment messages to students with disabilities. The CSD will not provide email addresses or other personal information regarding students served by the Center to researchers. However, the CSD will disseminate recruitment messages directly to students who are potential research participants. Personal information including computer IP addresses may not be collected through the Internet or other electronic means unless informed consent is obtained from participating students. Please contact Kim McKeown, Assistant Director, at (860) 486-2020 or kimberly.mckeown@uconn.edu with any questions.



Information for External or Non-University of Connecticut Researchers

Researchers who are unaffiliated with University of Connecticut (UConn) but wish to recruit students with disabilities registered with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) on the UConn Storrs campus, the four regional campuses, the School of Social Work, or the School of Law, must request permission from the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) before recruiting students on UConn campuses (via poster, flyer, email announcement, or newspaper ad). IRB’s policies and procedures for external investigators are detailed on the Office of Research Compliance website, http://irb.uconn.edu/application.html#a0e.

Principal Investigators should obtain IRB approval for research prior to contacting the CSD. Once a study is approved by the IRB, Principal Investigators may submit the approved IRB research proposal to the CSD for review. Each proposal is reviewed on an individual basis to determine the feasibility of student participation in the study. If a research study is determined feasible, the CSD will disseminate recruitment messages directly to students who are potential research participants. Personal information including computer IP addresses may not be collected through the Internet or other electronic means unless informed consent is obtained from participating students. The CSD will not provide email addresses or other personal information regarding students served by the Center to researchers. Please contact Kim McKeown, Assistant Director, at (860) 486-2020 or kimberly.mckeown@uconn.edu with any questions.