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Beyond Informal Volunteering: The role of universities in enhancing formal volunteering


This notice is for an AUB-IRB Approved Research Study for Dr. Tania Haddad at AUB.

*It is not an Official Message from AUB*


I am inviting you to participate in a research study titled Beyond informal volunteering the role of university centers in enhancing formal volunteering."

You will be asked to participate in a short survey/questionnaire to give your opinion about your experiences of volunteering and the importance of the concept. 

You are invited because we are targeting volunteers at non-governmental organizations. You are eligible for this study if you are aged over 18 years.

This research study consists of an online survey targeting AUB students volunteers and volunteers of three Lebanese NGOs, in addition to four key informants at AUB and the three NGOs whose volunteers will be surveyed.

The estimated time to complete this survey is approximately 10 minutes. 

The research is conducted online and is hosted on AUB server. 

Please read the consent form and consider whether you want to be involved in the study. 

If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the principal investigator Dr. Tania Haddad on ( or the researcher Ms. Mireille Bou Fadel, ( for further information regarding the study.


Consent to participate in an Online Research Study 


You are invited to participate in a research study entitled “Beyond informal volunteering the role of university centers in enhancing formal volunteering” conducted by Dr. Tania Haddad, Faculty of Arts and Science at the American University of Beirut. The conduct of this study will adhere to the IRB approved protocol.

The IRB approved method for approaching subjects is answering a survey. The purpose of the study is to assess volunteer’s perspectives about volunteering and the role of university civic engagement centers in enhancing student's participation in volunteering.



This message invites you to:

Read the consent document and consider whether you want to be involved in the study.

And to note:

•    Participation is completely voluntary.
•    Completing the questionnaire will take around 10 minutes.
•    Only the data you provide in the questionnaire will be collected and analyzed. The research team will not have access to your name or contact details.
•    The results of the survey will be published in academic publications and conference presentations. Thesis report will be available in print and electronic forms at AUB Libraries


The inclusion and exclusion criteria:  Inclusion criteria is based on the volunteers who are above 18 and who volunteer with the NGO from whom you received information about the study. The exclusion criteria is related to individuals who do not volunteer with the NGO. 



You will not receive payment for participation in this study.

The results of the study will elucidate general benefits in determining reasons why students and other volunteers invest their time to volunteer and the role of university civic engagement centers in enhancing student participation in volunteering. 


The risks of the study are no more than minimal. Participation in the study does not involve any physical or emotional risk beyond the risks of daily life. You have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time for any reason. 


  To secure the confidentiality of your responses, your name and other identifying information will never be attached to your answers. All codes and data are kept in a locked drawer in a locker room or in a password-protected computer that is kept secure. Data access is limited to the Principal Investigator and researchers working directly on this project. All data will be destroyed responsibly after the required retention period (usually three years.) Your privacy will be maintained in all published and written data resulting from this study. Your name or other identifying information will not be used in our reports or published papers. Only you will know that you returned a questionnaire

  Records will be monitored and may be audited by the IRB while assuring confidentiality.


If you voluntarily consent to take part in this study, you can change your mind and withdraw at any time without consequences of any kind. Your decision to withdraw will not involve any penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled.

Refusal to participate or withdrawal from the study will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and neither will it affect their relationship with their organization and AUB/AUBMC.

If after reading the consent document, you voluntary agree to take part in the study, please reply to the email and check with your volunteers if they are willing to participate. 


If you have any questions about the study, you may contact the principal investigator Dr. Tania Haddad ( or the researcher Ms. Mireille Bou Fadel, ( 



If after reading the consent document and having you questions answered, you voluntarily agree to take part in the study; you can access the survey by clicking on the Next button.



If you have concerns about the study or questions about your rights as a participant, you can contact the AUB IRB Office: 

SBS IRB/IRB Office, American University of Beirut, phone number +961 01 350000 ext: 5445, email

This survey is anonymous.

The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it.

If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.

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