Re: Bibliography on West African Ritual and Festivities

David J. Minderhout (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 08:45:35 -0400

We are having a problem at Bloomsburg University with informed
consent and participant observation. All faculty and student research
with human subjects has to be approved by a Human Subjects Committee.
This committee interprets federal guidelines to say that informed consent
means written consent, with a signature on an approved form as proof that
consent was given. Our current research is with Hispanic labor migrants
who are illiterate. This committee is refusing research based on oral
consent. Is anyone else out there having this experience? How are you
handling it?
Thanks. Dr. Dave Minderhout, Professor & Chairperson, Dept of
Anthropology, Bloomsburg U., Bloomsburg, PA.