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Policies and Procedures for Instructors

This document lists policies and procedures for instructors in the University of Missouri - Kansas City who make use of the online research participant recruitment system (the "Psych Pool") in their classes.


Purpose of the Psych Pool

The UMKC Psychology Psych Pool has two, parallel goals:

1. Facilitate recruitment of research participants by Department of Psychology researchers.

2. Enhance student education by facilitating participating in psychology research.

By involving students as research participants, we offer the opportunity to experience firsthand the concepts they learn about in their courses. This is consistent with the research orientation of the goals of the Psychology Undergraduate Program.

Facilitating recruitment for department researchers supports the research mission of the Department of Psychology.



Use of the Psych Pool is open to any instructor teaching a course at UMKC. Generally, the pool will be used for courses that either require research participation or offer extra credit for research participation. It allows the instructor to easily determine the number of participation credits earned by each student.

Research credits are assessed in 1-hour increments, such that 1 credit = 1 hour of research participation (although half credits may be assessed).

All experiments listed in the Psych Pool are being done under the supervision of UMKC Department of Psychology faculty and have been verified to have been approved by a UMKC IRB.



Instructors must apply with the Psych Pool Administrator to be granted to the Psych Pool.

If you offer alternatives to research participation, you may use the Psych Pool to help students keep track of those points.

All courses will be inactivated at the end of each semester, and must be re-submitted at the start of the next semester. (This may be done any time following the last day of exams for the previous semester.)

Please review the Policies and Procedures for Research Participants prior to using the Psych Pool.