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Purpose

To protect human subjects involved in research conducted by persons affiliated with the Psychology Department at The College of New Jersey.  The need for RPE approval extends to any manner of research, including experiments, interviews, surveys, and other data collecting methods.  All psychological research conducted in the Psychology Department at TCNJ is performed in accordance with strict ethical standards designed by the American Psychological Association. Each project should be designed to protect the rights and welfare of human participants by ensuring that they are selected equitably, participating voluntarily, fully informed of the risks and benefits of the research, and that the research minimizes risks to humans and protects their privacy and confidentiality.

The RPE must be notified of any unanticipated problems involving risks to participants or others, including physical or psychological injury to participants, improper disclosure of private information, economic loss, or other potentially harmful occurrences.

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