The Vanderbilt University Experimental Economics Lab [VUEEL] is bound the Vanderbilt University Human Research Protection Program Policies and Procedures. All studies conducted at the VUEEL are approved by the Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board.
At the VUEEL, you will never be mislead about the nature or procedures of a study.
VUEEL's research-ethics responsibilities include the proper safeguarding of potentially sensitive data collected during an experiment. VUEEL takes the following steps to meet its confidentiality requirements:
- All data collected during recruitment is stored on a server that is accessible only to VUEEL research staff. These data are used only for the purpose of recruiting subjects to participate in VUEEL experiments.
- All personally-identifying data collected during an experiment (e.g., your name) is processed according to the approved ethics document of the respective study. Usually, any personal information is replaced with a code number, and either there is not way to link code numbers to personally-identifying data or the list is kept separate from the experimental data.
- All human-subjects forms containing personally-identifying information (e.g., informed consent) are stored in secure locations.
As a human-subject participant at VUEEL, it is your right to lodge a complaint if you believe that sensitive information about you collected during an experiment has not actually been kept confidential. Such complaints can be delivered to the Human Research Protection Program [HRPP].
To formally notify the HRPP of a concern or complaint, please fill out an online here.
You may also call HRPP at (866)-224-8273 or write to:
Vanderbilt Human Research Protection Program
Research Subject Advocate
1313 21st Ave., South, Ste. 504
Nashville, TN 37232-4315