What is the research study about?
You are invited to take part in this online research study about your experience at residential college.
The research study is aiming to collect information that can be used to identify the strengths of the residential college experience, areas that could be improved and students’ experiences with the broader University community.
Who is conducting this research?
The study is being carried out by The Social Research Centre, on behalf of Elizabeth Broderick & Co.
How did you get my email address?
Your email address was provided to The Social Research Centre by your University of Sydney residential college.
Do I have to take part in this research study?
Participation in this research survey is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project until such time that the reports are released (approximately 2 months after you take the survey).
What does participation in this research require, and are there any risks involved?
If you decide to take part in the research study, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, which will ask you questions about: your personal characteristics (i.e.: sex, age, gender), the positives and negatives about college life, your experiences (if any) of bullying and intimidation and other behaviours.
The survey will also ask questions about any experiences of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment that you may have had while at your college. Reading and answering these questions may trigger difficult memories for you. If you decide to complete this survey but find either during the survey or after completing it that the memories are causing you distress, counsellors are available through:
- Your residential college
- University of Sydney Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 8627 8433 or 8627 8437
- LifeLine 13 11 14
- 1800RESPECT (24/7 National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Service)
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
We expect this survey to take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete depending on your answers to some questions. There are no costs associated with participating in this research study. You will be reimbursed for your time via a $10 e-gift voucher.
What are the possible benefits to participation?
We hope to use information we get from this research study to benefit all students at your college and other colleges, by identifying opportunities for improving some aspects of the College culture.
What will happen to information about me?
This survey is completely confidential. All information you provide will be de-identified and combined with the responses of hundreds of other students. The survey results will form part of a report.
By completing and submitting this survey, you consent to the research team collecting and using information about you for the research study. The Social Research Centre will store your survey response in a secure electronic format. Information will only be used for the purposes of producing reports on the results of the survey and will be stored in accordance with the Archives Act 1983 (Cth) and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
How and when will I find out what the results of the research study are?
EB&Co will provide your College with a confidential report of the survey results. All information published will be done in a way that will not identify you. Your College will share a one-page summary of the survey findings with you.
What if I want to withdraw from the research study?
You can opt-out of completing the survey by clicking on the link at the bottom of the invitation email. This means you will not receive any reminder to complete the survey.
If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw your responses from the study at any time up until the reports are released (approximately 2 months after you take the survey). You can do so by contacting the researchers at the contact details below.
What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the research study?
Research involving humans in Australia is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the HREC of the University of Sydney [Reference Number 2017/234]. As part of this process, we have agreed to carry out the study according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect people who agree to take part in research studies.
If you are concerned about the way this study is being conducted or you wish to make a complaint to someone independent from the study, please contact the university using the details outlined below. Please quote the study title and protocol number.
The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney:
- Telephone: +61 2 8627 8176
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: +61 2 8627 8177 (Facsimile)