The Auburn University Institutional Review Board has approved this document for use on April 17, 2018. Protocol #18-151 EX 1804.

for a Research Study entitled “Understanding Incoming College Freshmen’s Needs”

You are invited to complete an online virtual interview/chat that inquiries about your needs and feelings as an incoming freshman admitted by Auburn University.

If you decide to participate in this research study, you will complete an online virtual interview/chat. The online chatbot will ask you several questions about your needs and feelings as an incoming freshmen at Auburn University, and you will type in your responses. Your total time commitment will approximately 15 minutes.

There is no risk associated with participating in this study.

There is no discomfort when completing this online interview/chat. If you change your mind about participating, you can withdraw at any time during the study. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you choose to withdraw, your data can be withdrawn as long as it is identifiable. Your decision about withdrawing from this study will not jeopardize your future relations with Auburn University.

Will you receive compensation for participating? No, you will not receive any compensation.

Your privacy will be protected. The data in study will be collected anonymously, and any information obtained in connection with this study will remain confidential. Information obtained through your participation may be used internally only.

If you have questions about this study, please contact Dr. Jinyan Fan (, Melissa Stuhlman (, or Hairong Li (

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Auburn University Office of Human Subjects Research or the Institutional Review Board by phone (334)-844- 5966 or e-mail at or

Jinyan Fan, Ph.D 2018/04/10
Principal Investigator Date