CUNY College-Specific Policies Regarding Recruitment of Students as Research Subjects
Baruch College allows the recruitment of students for research purposes during classroom time on a case-by-case basis as long as it conforms to established administrative guidelines and adheres to CUNY HRPP Policies and Procedures. Instructors are not allowed to directly recruit their students and must use a research assistant who will retain the consent documents until the end of the semester. If extra credit is given for student participation in research, the instructor must provide an alternate assignment for those students who choose not to participate. The alternate assignment cannot be more onerous than the research being conducted.
College of Staten Island
At CSI, when a course involves research practica – for example, a Psych course focused on research where methods are built into the curriculum, subjects may be recruited during class time. For courses that do not focus on research methods we would prefer the investigator do the recruitment before or after the class, or receive permission from the Chair of the department. However, we expect that the IRB members reviewing the proposed study would take into consideration issues of coercion and undue influence, as well as the precautions to lessen these risks, before making a final decision or recommendation to secure approval.
If an investigator wishes to recruit or conduct research with 1) Hunter College students and/or 2) CUNY and RFCUNY employees (at Hunter College), the investigator must demonstrate college-sensitive human subject procedures. While in the research planning stage, investigators are encouraged to contact the Hunter College HRPP office since all research utilizing Hunter College students and employees will be reviewed by Hunter College IRB members and the Hunter College HRPP office. If an investigator wishes to study Hunter College students or employees, several factors will influence whether Hunter College approves the research. Investigators are encouraged to adopt proactive strategies that safeguard independent and voluntary participation by research subjects. The following examples may prove helpful. 1. Voluntary participation, with informed consent, is a basic principle for all research involving human subjects. Subjects must be informed that research participation will not impact academic status, grades, employment, recommendation letters, degree programs or applications, professional advancement, salary, etc. 2. Investigators should clearly identify and inform student subjects of the differences between research activities (that benefit the investigator) versus student learning outcomes (that benefit the student). 3. When an investigator wishes to recruit students or employees, the investigator can ask potential research participants to arrive early (before class or work begins) or remain later (after class or work ends) to learn about the research activity. This will prevent recruitment during instructional time (among students) and work hours (among employees). Additionally, investigators should refrain from data collection during class time unless approved by the IRB. 4. Indirect recruitment methods, (such as bulletin board notices, distributed written flyers, advertisements in newspapers, and e-mail notifications) are preferred so that potential subjects do not feel put on-the-spot or pressured (whether real or perceived) into research participation.
Kingsborough Community College
Recruitment of students to participate in research during classroom time is acceptable. In accordance with CUNYs Human Research Protections Program Policies and Procedures that govern the recruitment of students as research subjects (Section 19.3), investigators must ensure that students’ participation is voluntary and without undue influence on their decision. Approval of research projects conducted within KCC’s classrooms is contingent on safeguards investigators put in place to avoid undue influence and coercion. In addition, in cases in which investigators seek to recruit from their classrooms, they must design their data collection procedures to ensure that students’ identities are anonymous.
LaGuardia Community College
Recruitment of students is not permitted in classes. This prohibition does not apply to the administration of College-sponsored surveys (e.g. standard student satisfaction surveys; faculty evaluations).
It is acceptable to allow recruitment of students in research during class time as long as there are no issues of coercion and undue influence and the study has been approved by the IRB.
New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) allows recruitment of students for research to occur during class time. However, individual departments may opt out. Permission to recruit during class time must be obtained from the Department Chair prior to recruitment.
Any determination regarding the recruitment of students to participate in research during classroom time is made on a case-by-case basis. QC HRPP Office works with the PIs regarding their proposed research methods/design to ensure that any issues involving coercion and undue influence are minimized.
Queensborough Community College
The provost office allows students to participate in research during classroom time, although the final decision is up to the instructor.