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Conducting Research at ARC

These guidelines provide an overview of your responsibilities in requesting permission to conduct research in the LRCCD or one of its colleges. The first guide is for university students and/or their faculty as well as external agency researchers wishing to conduct research about a Los Rios college or its students. Employees of LRCCD working on research or a doctoral dissertation that is not sponsored by the Los Rios District or College are included under these guidelines.

The second guide is for current employees of LRCCD. If an ARC faculty member is conducting research that is not classroom-based (e.g., as part of a sabbatical, for professional interest or for a graduate thesis or dissertation) and plans to use data either from college students or the community, he or she should contact the college Research Office.

Use the links to below for additional information on conducting research about our students or college. The application for permission to conduct research is provided in the bottom link. For additional information on conducting your research, you may call (916)484-8679.

The following link provides a sample consent letter for participants: Sample Consent Letter

Guidelines for Conducting Research:

College process: If your research project involves a single Los Rios college: (Research Proposal Form)


1. Contact the Research Office at the college far in advance to discuss the research topic, your timeline, and whether the study is feasible;
2. Once you finalize your research proposal, obtain, complete and return the Los Rios Community College District Research Request Form and all requested documents to the college Research Office;
3. The college research office will conduct a review of your proposal using the attached set of criteria;
4. As soon as a decision is made, you will be notified as to whether your research application has been approved or denied. Please be aware that your request will be reviewed in a timely manner but in some cases the entire approval process may take up to two months;

 

Multiple College Process: If your research project involves multiple Los Rios colleges or a request for student data:


1. Contact the Director of Institutional Research Office at the district far in advance to discuss the research topic, your timeline, and whether the study is feasible;
2. Once you have finalized your research proposal obtain, complete and return the Los Rios Community College District Research Request Form and all requested documents to the Director of Institutional Research.
3. A subset of the District Research Council will conduct a review of your proposal using the attached set of criteria;
4. As soon as a decision is made, you will be notified as to whether your research application has been approved or denied. Please be aware that your request will be reviewed in a timely manner but in some cases the entire approval process may take up to two months;

 

 

All individuals conducting research at the college will need to adhere to the following student records Board Regulation: http://www.losrios.edu/legal/Regulations/R-2000/R-2265.pdf