Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 646.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 20:20:08 +0000
Subject: CPHS Review--#2001-1-25 (fwd)
The attached message is the response to a request from a graduate student
at Berkeley for approval from the Committee for the Protectecion of Human
Subjects for a project to rcord contemporary oral folktales for
comparison with medieval Spanish and Arabic analogues.
I would be interested in knowing if anyone has run into approval processes
like this for similar projects elsewhere; or, conversely, that projects
like this are either exempted from requiring such approval or are not even
required to be submitted.
I'm afraid that my reaction to this was rather intemperate, and now I'm
trying to justify that response ex post facto.
Charles Faulhaber The Bancroft Library UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-3782 FAX (510) 642-7589 email@example.com
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 18:11:35 EST
January 25, 2001
Re: "Animal Tales in Medieval Hispanic Literature and Oral Tradition" -
The project referred to above was reviewed and granted CONDITIONAL approval
by the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects on Wednesday, January 17,
2001. Please note that when you respond to the conditions, we do not accept
final revisions by electronic mail, so please forward two (2) sets of any
revised materials and highlight the changes as requested on one copy.
PLEASE NOTE: ANY MATERIALS YOU REVISE AND RETURN MUST BE DISTINCTLY MARKED
(HIGHLIGHTED) AS REQUESTED. IF THEY ARE NOT, YOUR MATERIALS WILL BE RETURNED
TO YOU FOR COMPLETENESS AND THIS WILL DELAY THE REVIEW OF YOUR RESPONSE.
(A) REQUIRED WRITTEN MODIFICATIONS TO PROTOCOL: PLEASE AMEND YOUR PROTOCOL TO
ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES AND HIGHLIGHT THE CHANGES ON ONE COPY ONLY:
(1) Page 2, Item #10) Confidentiality: this section needs to be revised: (a)
The protocol states that subjects will not be asked for any personal
identifying information, and if asked for it will be suppressed upon request.
The consent form's fifth paragraph states that you will ask for name, age,
and occupation in order to give credit to subjects for their stories. The
protocol and consent form need to be revised to be consistent. (b) The
paragraph should be revised to incorporate the following secure management of
research data. "All information collected, including tape recordings, during
the research will be kept in a locked file. The key to the code of names of
individual subjects will be kept in a separate locked file. No individuals
will be identified in any publication." (2) Page 2, Item #11) Informed
Consent: Your request for a wavier from the requirement for obtaining the
documented consent of subjects is approved because of the apparent low risks
associated with the research.
(B) REQUIRED WRITTEN MODIFICATIONS TO CONSENT FORM: PLEASE REVISE YOUR
PROPOSED CONSENT MATERIALS AS FOLLOWS AND HIGHLIGHT THE CHANGES ON ONE COPY
(1) Appendix A. Oral Consent Form needs to be revised as follows: (a)
Paragraph one, second sentence should add the following "USA". (b) Words and
phrases such as 'medieval written sources,' 'contemporary,' 'substantial,'
'scholarly attention,' should be revised to be more accessible to the
proposed audience. (c) The signature and date line should be deleted unless
you are planning to sign your name to the letter. (2) As a reminder, at the
time you respond to the conditions, present your consent materials on
University of California at Berkeley letterhead. Please provide the Committee
with both English and any other translation(s) you may use.
When we receive TWO sets of any required modifications noted in (A) or (B)
above, the Committee will notify you whether the conditions have been
satisfied. Please understand that NO research involving human subjects may
begin until we inform you that all conditions have been met and that CPHS
fully approves the research.
The number given to this project is 2001-1-25. Please refer to this number
in all future correspondence.
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