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State System, APSCUF Reach Tentative Agreement, Strike Ends

Late this afternoon, we received an announcement that the strike between the faculty union (APSCUF)and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has been settled. Faculty members will return to work effective midnight tonight. For students that have regularly scheduled classes this weekend, report as scheduled. All other students should follow their class schedules starting Monday, October 24.

Informed Consent Guidelines

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Title:Show the heading of "Informed Consent Form." You may want to add the full title of the project.

Overview/Description: Invite subjects to participate and tell them the purposes of the study. Give a brief description of the procedures to be used and the time required, providing enough detail to enable subjects to make an informed decision.

Risks and benefits: Describe any reasonable foreseeable risks or discomforts associated with the study. If there are no known risks, this should be stated. Also, give a description of the likely benefits to subjects or to others.

Compensation: Provide a statement of any compensation available to subjects, along with information on how it can be obtained.

Handling discomfort or injury: If appropriate, tell subjects what treatment will be available and how it can be obtained.

Confidentiality: Specify the procedure for maintaining the confidentiality of records that identify subjects.

For more information: Tell subjects how to obtain more information about the project.

Voluntary participation: Explicitly state that the subject may refuse to participate or may withdraw for any reason without penalty. Describe the procedures for both electing to participate and for declining, along with a statement regarding the disposition of data which may have already been collected from subjects who later elect to withdraw.

Right to Withdraw: Include a statement "the subject may withdraw at any time without penalty."

Signature: Provide a space for signatures indicating consent, and remember to include a second copy for the subject to keep when obtaining consent.

Witness: Have signature for a witness to the consent process.

Include the following statement: This project has been approved by the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. Provide the contact information of the IRB Chair.