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Study Participants

The OU Office for Human Research Participant Protection (HRPP) and Institutional Review Boards (IRB) work to protect the rights, privacy, and safety of all people who volunteer to participate in research. One way to further this mission, is to provide you with access to information so you can learn more about what is research, what are the laws and rules in place to protect you and others who participate in research, and other resources about participating in research. 

Before you decide to enroll in or participate in a research study, it is important to understand what your rights are as a study participant, and what questions to ask about the research. 

Participating is Your Decision

Deciding to participate in a research study is personal, important choice. When thinking about volunteering to participate in a research study or clinical trial, you can:

  • Talk with family, friends, or others before making a decision
  • Ask as many questions as you want
  • Change your mind at any time
  • Leave a research study at any time knowing that the treatments or services you receive from your doctor, clinical, hospital, or others will not be affected. 

Ask Questions

Before volunteering or agreeing to participate in a research study, you should ask specific questions to understand what to expect, such as: 

  • What is the research study (or clinical trial) about? 
  • What will I be asked to do? 
  • How much time will it take? 
  • Are there potential side effects or risks?
  • Will I be billed for any costs? 
  • Will I be compensated for my time? 
  • How do I leave the study after I start? 
  • Who can I contact with questions or concerns?  
Visit the links below for lists of questions you can pull up on your phone or print and take with you to meetings with study personnel:

Additional Resources

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has developed a website called About Research Participation to educate the public about research and participating in research. This website and the resources posted are available in English and Spanish. 

About Research Participation includes:

CISCRP Resources

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) offers public access to brochures, infographics, videos, and more.

IRB Contacts

If you have questions about your rights as a study participant, complaints or concerns you do not feel you can discuss with the study investigator, or have any feedback, comments, or suggestions, please contact one of the Campus IRB Offices below.


Phone: 405-271-2045


Mailing Address: 
HRPP Director
865 Research Parkway, Suite 400 
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Norman Campus IRB

Phone: 405-325-8110 


Mailing Address: 
HRPP Director
Five Partners Place
201 Stephenson Parkway, Suite 4200 
Norman, OK 73109