Electronic Signatures for Informed Consents

A growing number of researchers are either conducting research at a distance (e.g., by telephone; over the internet) or are moving to an entirely computer based approach where all data and correspondence are collected and stored electronically. As a result, the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office of Responsible Research Practices have partnered to provide guidance to clarify the various approaches available to obtain and document consent to participate in a research study.


The following systems, when configured properly, have met the requirements of the university’s electronic signature policy.