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Research and data collection are an integral part of evaluating and improving the learning experience of students at Cosumnes River College (CRC). That being said, in order to ensure the use of ethical research practices, the Research and Equity Office provides oversight on all research projects involving human participants at CRC.

If you are planning on conducting research with human participants at CRC, then you must submit a proposal for review by the Research and Equity Office in the following circumstances:

  1. Your research is part of a project that is independent of the Research and Equity Office. For example:
    • A project of personal interest
    • A PhD thesis
    • An external research agency/project
  2. Your independent research will involve participants outside your classroom. For example, a collegewide survey.

Research – in the federal regulatory sense – is “a systematic investigation that is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” This includes research development, testing, and evaluation that contributes to generalizable knowledge. If you are unsure about whether or not your project qualifies as research, or if you have questions about the proposal review process, please contact us at

Examples of Research

Examples of research include:

  • Surveys of students
  • Investigations of the effectiveness of programs
  • Demographic assessments
  • Interviews with students

If your research qualifies for review please complete research proposal form below and submit it to:

Research Forms

All researchers at the college will need to adhere to Regulation R-2265: Access to Student Records (PDF).