Participant Consent Form
You are invited to participate in a research study entitled:
EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) in Canadian Universities During the COVID19 Crisis.
Erin Prosser-Loose, PhD
Research Equity and Diversity Specialist
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Catherine Trask, PhD
Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Purpose and Objective of the Research:
The objective of this project is to capture experiences and observations deemed biased or discriminatory (even if unintentional) at USask, (and other Canadian universities once ethics are obtained) during the COVID19 crisis. We are also looking for positive, inclusive practices that have occurred. Gathering this information is important so we can communicate where inequities lie, promote inclusive practices, and be better prepared for future situations. By sharing our aggregated findings in a report, institutions can consider offering support to populations experiencing discrimination and intervening if possible. We suspect many of the EDI issues that will come up during COVID19 will be similar to those that are present during “normal” times; however, they will likely be amplified during COVID19, making them easier to identify, highlight, and potentially develop responses to. The principal researcher on this study is also the Research Equity and Diversity Specialist in the College of Medicine, so is interested in this data from not only a research perspective, but also as an initiative to suggest to leadership what and where interventions could be targeted in the College and at the University of Saskatchewan.
You will be asked to share your experiences and demographical information through an online survey.
Estimated time commitment to fill out the survey is 15 minutes.
Participants may feel distressed if they have experienced discrimination or bias, and sharing the experience in the survey may bring up those feelings.
If you are a member of the University of Saskatchewan community, please find mental health and wellness resources here,
If you are a member of a Canadian University other than USask, please refer to your institution’s wellness resources
Find additional support through the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s resources page,
There may be no direct, immediate benefit to the participant. Potential benefits include bringing awareness to discriminatory issues and experiences that may lead to interventions and changes in policies; however, this is not guaranteed.
Data collected from this survey will be developed into a final report, with the possibility of a publication.
Data will be reported in aggregated form only, potentially with some direct quotations; however no personal identifying information will be collected and the participant’s identity will not be known to anyone, including the researcher. However, the PI will have access to individual responses and may be able to identify responses from individuals known to her in her capacity as the Research Equity and Diversity Specialist in the College of Medicine at USask.
This survey is hosted by Voxco, a Canadian-owned and managed company whose data is securely stored in Canada.
Storage of Data:
During data collection, your data will be stored on Voxco’s servers.
Upon project completion, your data will be moved to a secure University of Saskatchewan server mainted by ICT.
Data will be stored for a minimum of five years post-report, or post-publication, whichever is longer.
Right to Withdraw:
Participation in this survey is voluntary.
You can decide not to participate at any time by closing your browser, or choose not to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable with. Survey responses will remain anonymous, and only completed surveys will be analyzed.
Since the survey is anonymous, once it is submitted your data cannot be removed. .
Final reports and or publications will be shared with the University of Saskatchewan community via emails, websites, and social media.
Final reports and/or publications will be shared with key EDI professionals across the participating Canadian universities, who will decide method of broader communication.
Questions or Concerns:
Contact the researchers using the information at the top of page 1.
This research project has been approved on ethical grounds by the University of Saskatchewan Behavioural Research Ethics Board. Any questions regarding your rights as a participant may be addressed to that committee through the Research Ethics Office:
; 306-966-2975; out of town participants may call toll free 1-888-966-2975.
By completing and submitting this questionnaire, your free and informed consent is implied and indicates that you understand the above conditions of participation in this study.
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