Sample Consent and Assent Documents

The following table is designed to help you select the type of consent required. Please note each type of consent form is only an example. Please modify to be appropriate for your study.

Type of Project Age of target participant Type of Consent

Survey with no identifying information (e.g., anonymous)

18 years of age or older

Cover letter consent: contains all elements of consent, but does not require signature

Study in which participants are identified but risk is minimal or less than minimal

18 years of age or older

Adult consent

Study in which participants are identified but risk is minimal or less than minimal

0 to 3 years old

Parent Consent

3 – 7 years old

Verbal Assent Script & Parent Consent

8 - 17 years old

Written Child Assent & Parent Consent

Study in which there is more than minimal risk. Risks must be identified.

18 years of age or older

Adult Risk Consent

Study in which participants are identified but risk is more than minimal.

0 to 3 years old

Parent Risk Consent

3 – 7 years old

Verbal Risk Assent Script & Parent Risk Consent

8 - 17 years old

Written Child Risk Assent & Parent Risk Consent

Each consent form must be on University of New Orleans letterhead, include a statement about participants rights as a human subject, and contain the 8 elements of consent (unless a specific element does not apply to your study; explain why the element does not apply in your application for IRB approval).