Sensitive Research

Sensitive Research may involve the collection of information falling into any of the following categories:

  • Information relating to sexual attitudes, preferences, or practices;
  • Information relating to the use of alcohol, drugs, or other addictive products;
  • Information pertaining to illegal conduct;
  • Information that if released could reasonably be damaging to an individual's financial standing, employability, or reputation within the community;
  • Information that would normally be recorded in a subject's medical record, and the disclosure of which could reasonably lead to social stigmatization or discrimination;
  • Information pertaining to an individual's psychological well-being or mental health.
  • Information in other categories not listed may also be considered sensitive because of specific cultural or other factors, and protection can be granted in such cases upon appropriate justification and explanation.

  (this list comes from Kenyon College's IRB website)