Frequently Asked Questions


Have concerns about participating in our study? Here are a few common questions you may be considering.

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The Protest Policy Project (#UP-18-00223was approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Southern California.


Has this study been reviewed and approved by an accredited university office to ensure participant safety?

This study has been approved effective April 23, 2018 by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Southern California, study #UP-18-00223. A verification of this approval can be provided upon request.

Why Is the Protest Policy Project doing this study?

Recently, state legislatures and some university systems have adopted (or are considering adopting) harmful policies aimed at punishing students engaged in organized resistance. In particular, these policies target students who refuse to allow the violent rhetoric of hate speech to take over their campuses. The Protest Policy Project™ wants to reverse this trend. Through centering student voices and critically analyzing protest policies, the Project hopes to inform policymakers and develop new sample legislation that supports college and university students taking a stand. 

Learn more details about the study here.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes, your privacy is our top priority. All information you share with the Protest Policy Project will be completely confidential and will not be shared with any outside entity or organization without your expressed consent.

Are their any restrictions on who can participate in the study?

The study is currently focused on recruiting participants currently enrolled in colleges or universities located in states either 1) already implementing, or 2) considering legislation intended to punish student protestors. These states are currently limited to California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. An exception will be considered for students enrolled at colleges or universities at which campus specific policies have been adopted or enacted within the last 12 months. 

Can I withdraw my participation at any time?

Yes, all participants may withdraw their participation at any point during the research process. This includes before, during, or after an interview has been conducted. If withdrawing during or after an interview, all documentation and data for a withdrawn participant will be permanently erased.

Why is my participation this study important?

We believe the student voice should be at the center of all higher education policy discussions, especially those directly targeting historically underrepresented and continuously marginalized students. For that reason, as many voices from students across the country are critical to helping us inform policymakers and advocate for directing policy toward addressing the root causes of campus unrest.

Will participating in this study put my at risk for being targeted by my college or university administration?

Although we cannot anticipate how each individual campus may respond to your participation in this study, we are entirely committed to maintaining the complete confidentiality of all our participants. At no time will the names of our participants be disclosed to inquiring college or university officials. However, for participants voluntarily authorizing the Project's use of their image or likeness for inclusion in our media productions will be identifiable.

Please read our release form for more details.