Before you conduct a survey of Kenyon College students or employees, you must contact Kenyon Institutional Research, Erika Farfan, Director of Institutional Research, as well as the IRB. Be sure to review Conducting Research at Kenyon.
Survey research, which includes face-to-face or telephone interviewing, or self-administered questionnaires (as through the mail or via the Internet,) generally has a low cost of participation, that is it usually requires only a small amount of a subjects' time.
Such research may qualify for an exempt review or may not require written consent, as clarified below.
You and the college may incur legal liability if the treatment of survey recipients is unethical, if data resulting from your survey are misused, or if any part of the survey violates certain protected rights of individuals. Survey researchers should be aware of their responsibilities and make every effort to protect the rights of survey respondents.
Students and faculty who wish to use surveys to conduct academic research should contact the IRB.
College Administrators/Staff should first contact the Kenyon Institutional Research office. IRB approval is required if the findings from the survey are to be used for any purposes other than data collection about campus programs, practices, curricula, or outcomes for use solely by the college. The Director of Institutional research will advise you on survey policies and procedures. see Quaility Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) surveys/projects for more information.
From the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) - Best Practices Web Site http://www.aapor.org/Best_Practices.htm "Best Practices for Survey Research."
For additional help with developing a survey go to:
Quaility Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) surveys/projects