Statement of Informed Consent


Meghan Lanter

Hanover College

Department of Psychology



This study revolves around an alleged case of sexual assault. Please consider this before you decided to continue with the study. Mental health is incredibly important and if you need to speak to anyone, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673. Remember, you are not alone. Help is always available.

Description of Research

The goal of the current study is to learn about how certain aspects and characteristics influence a juror’s perception of guilt and their recommended sentencing. Following a demographic survey, you will be asked to read over two short paragraphs detailing events from the point of views of the defendant and the alleged victim of a sexual assault. You will then be asked to answer three questions as if you were a juror on this case. It is expected that the study will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete.

Risks and Benefits of Research

There are no anticipated risks associated with participating in this research. Any discomfort or stress you experience does not exceed what you would be expected to experience in everyday life. Although you may not benefit directly from the research, others may ultimately benefit from the knowledge obtained in this study.


You will not be identified in any reports on this study. Records will be kept confidential to the extent provided by federal, state, and local law. Your name will, at no time, be connected to your data.  Any presentation or publication of findings will not identify individuals. 

Other Information

Your participation in this project is voluntary. Even after you give informed consent, you may decide to leave the study at any time without penalty. Should you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may contact the researchers (contact information below).  You may also contact the Head of the Institutional Review Board, Dr. Dean Jacks ( and/or our faculty supervisor, Dr. Kate Snyder (

            Should you wish to receive a copy of this informed consent sheet, please email me (



Meghan Lanter

Hanover College

Department of Psychology

Unit #258

517 Ball Drive

Hanover, IN 47243