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Policy on the Use of Student Survey Data

 

Purdue collects a variety of student data for internal management, planning, and policy research issues.  These surveys are coordinated under the auspices of the Purdue Assessment Coordinators Team (PACT) with stewardship of individual surveys by members of the group.  Appropriate use of these survey data must be approved by PACT.  Once approved, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

 

  • The use of student survey data for scholarly research (defined as potentially publishable research) must also be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Student survey data must be kept confidential.  Thus, data shared must not include student identifiers such as social security number or name and reports (paper, electronic, or verbal) using the data must not identify individual students.
  • Summary data with small sample sizes must not be reported if it could potentially reveal data about an individual student.  In general, sample sizes of four or fewer must not be reported, but depending on the summary report, it may be necessary to set a higher threshold