All research involving interaction with human subjects requires informed consent. Researchers must obtain and document consent from their perspective human subjects before initiating any screening or study procedures.
Informed consent means subjects have been provided with the necessary information about the research and consequences of their participation, and they can use this information to decide whether they are willing to participate. At a minimum, subjects need to know that the activity is a research project; have an understanding of the projects’ processes, risks, objectives, and benefits; and know that they are free to withdraw at any time without any penalties. See more detailed information in the Berklee IRB Informed Consent Guidelines.
For your convenience, the Berklee Institutional Review Board has the following informed consent form templates that can be modified to accurately reflect your research: