Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Resources

Categories of Sensitive Information

  1. Information relating to sexual attitudes, preferences, or practices.
  2. Information relating to the use of alcohol, drugs, or other addictive products.
  3. Information pertaining to illegal conduct.
  4. Information that, if released, could reasonably damage an individual's financial standing, employability, or reputation within the community.
  5. Information that would normally be recorded in a patient's medical record and the disclosure of which could reasonably lead to social stigmatization or discrimination.
  6. Information pertaining to an individual's psychological well-being or mental health.
  7. Genetic information.

Special Subject Populations

  1. Minors (under 18 years of age). Please contact the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach.
  2. Fetuses or products of labor and delivery
  3. Pregnant women (in studies that may influence maternal health)
  4. Prisoners
  5. Individuals with a diminished capacity to give informed consent

OHRP: Research Involving Vulnerable Populations video

Research Involving People with Intellectual Disabilities: Paint it Gray (pdf)


Qualtrics (pdf) - USM Only

  • Qualtrics is available to anyone with an active email.
  • If you are not sure your survey would be considered research, you may Request for Determination of Human Subject Research.
  • Qualtircs does mine data results. Contact Qualtrics support to request your survey not be accessed.

NOTE: Online survey providers, such as Qualtrics and Survey Monkey, data mine information from surveys.  You may contact their support to request your survey is not affected by data mining. 

SNAP Survey Software and Server

  • SNAP is available to any project reviewed by ORIO. 
  • The SNAP Server is on campus and not a third party. Best for sensitive data collection.