Student research is seen as a valuable part of the teaching and learning process. All student research, by definition, must be done under the direction or sponsorship of a faculty or staff member of LeTourneau University. In this way, the faculty/staff member, department chair/supervisor and school dean/vice president will be appropriately aware of student research which occurs. Student research will be subject to the same requirements of approval, communication, and appeal as faculty or staff research when conducted under the representation of the sponsoring faculty member or staff sponsor, as in the case of a student organization. In every case, all approvals must be given prior to beginning the research.
In all cases, refer to and follow the section of the policy regarding Faculty or Staff Research, depending on the individual who is directing or sponsoring the student(s) in this research proposal. In every case, considerations must be given to the mission of the University, the purpose and nature of the research/data gathering, the population(s) to be surveyed, the audience for publication, the costs in both time and funds, and the potential legal issues or liability, in keeping with the University's policies on research as stipulated in the OSP Policies and Procedures and Faculty-Staff Handbook and within federal guidelines.
For the purposes of this policy, a student is defined as an individual for whom any of the following would apply:
If the research is not a function of nor related to the student's position at LeTourneau University, if it is conducted apart from a student's studies or campus activities, if it is not conducted on University property, and if it does not involve any University funds or constituencies, then no university approvals are necessary. Please visit the Division of Student Life if you would like to view a complete copy of the University Research Policy.