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Researchers are required to use the following NKU consent templates:
Consent Type Age Template
Informed Consent Recruiting adults 18 years of age and older Informed Consent Template
Informed Assent Recruiting minors typically ages 10-17 Informed Assent Template
Parental Permission  Recruiting minors under 18 years of age Parental Permission Template
  * A copy of the informed consent must be given to the person signing the form.
All informed consents, informed assents, and parental permission forms are uploaded in Mentor IRB while completing the application process. 
Cycle of Consent Diagram


Reading Level

The Informed Consent should be between the 6th and 9th grade reading level. 

MS Word offers a tool to determine the reading level called the Flesch-Kincaid Index. Here are directions for activating this feature in different versions of Word

General Tips for Informed Consent

  • An informed consent may be  read to the participant by the researcher.
  • Avoid technical/medical/legal jargon - or if it must be used, define it clearly.
  • Spell out acronyms and abbreviations the first time they are used.
  • Keep words to four syllables or fewer, if possible. 
  • Write short, simple, direct sentences.
  • Use subjective pronouns - using "you", "we", and "I" makes the message more personal and engaging.
Avoid Preferred
Trial, experiment Research study
Principal Investigator Researcher, scientist
Subject Participant
Randomization Select randomly like drawing numbers from a hat or in a raffle      
Asked to participate Invited to participate
Symbols such as < or > Spell out "greater than", "less than", etc. 
Third person pronouns (e.g. he, she, hers, his)              Second person pronouns (e.g., you, your)

FAQs for Informed Consent

Resources for Informed Consent

To assist you in the creation of your informed consent documents, the IRB has also created the following documents: