Dear Potential Research Participant:

You are being invited to participate in a research study concerning changing responses to the coronavirus and its relations to the passage of time, individual personality and work attitudes. The study consists of 68 questions, including 36 questions about your behavior related to the coronavirus and associates who show symptoms; 10 questions about general personality dimensions; 12 questions about work attitudes and 10 demographic questions. 

We intend to ask the same questions twice, separated by two weeks to four weeks. To do so, the survey will ask you to choose a number that you will be asked to record and use both times you complete the survey. The purpose of the number is simply to link the two sets of responses. We will not be asking your name, address, phone number or any other directly identifying information.

This study is under the direction of Dr. Michael Cunningham of the University of Louisville. There are no known risks for your participation in this research study, other than possible discomfort when thinking about the coronavirus.  The information collected may not benefit you directly.  The information learned in this study may be helpful to others. The information you provide will help us understand the responses to the coronavirus over time and enhance insights for use by public health officials. Your completed survey will be stored on a secure server. 

Individuals from the University of Louisville, including the Department of Communication, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO), and other regulatory agencies may inspect these records.  In all other respects, however, the data will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law.  Should the data be published, your identity will not be disclosed.

Taking part in this study is voluntary.  By answering survey questions, you agree to take part in this research study.  You do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable. You may choose not to take part at all. If you decide to be in this study, you may stop taking part at any time. If you decide not to be in this study or if you stop taking part at any time, you will not lose any benefits for which you may qualify. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research study, please contact Michael Cunningham (502) 852-5953.   

If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may call the Human Subjects Protection Program Office at (502) 852-5188. You can discuss any questions about your rights as a research subject, in private, with a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may also call this number if you have other questions about the research, and you cannot reach the research staff, or want to talk to someone else. The IRB is an independent committee made up of people from the University community, staff of the institutions, as well as people from the community not connected with these institutions. The IRB has reviewed this research study.

If you have concerns or complaints about the research or research staff and you do not wish to give your name, you may call 1-877-852-1167. This is a 24-hour hot line answered by people who do not work at the University of Louisville.


Dr. Michael R. Cunningham