Information on the Application and Review

The Ethics Committee has three regular appointments per semester, which are published before the beginning of the semester (see appointments). In addition, reviews (also during the semester break) are possible in urgent cases. Researchers are asked to follow the established deadlines as much as possible and to plan their applications accordingly. The preparation of applications can be time-consuming. Applications must be complete and emailed to the Ethics Chair no less than ten days prior to the committee meeting including all attachments in ONE document (ethikkommission.fb01[at]uni-kassel[dot]de). Applicants must also anticipate recommendations and/or conditions following a review, which may take additional time. Only after all concerns have been resolved will a determination of ethical clearance be issued.

Documentation Requirements for the Application

  1. Ethics application (please use latest version, see download) with complete information and all necessary signatures (incl. supervisor's signature in case of theses or dissertations).
  2. Brief description of the study (project outline - no more than 2 single-spaced pages; interview guides and overviews of planned survey instruments should be included in the appendix)
  3. Information sheet/explanation for project participants
  4. Informed consent form
  5. Check whether a GDPR processing directory is required
  6. Check whether a data privacy impact assessment is required (according to Art. 35 DSGVO; if you have any questions, please contact the data privacy officer of the University of Kassel;
  7. For research projects in the school sector: Has prior approval been obtained from the Hessian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs for scientific research projects at public schools?