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The Institutional Review Board at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods encourages researchers to be sensitive to and inclusive of differences based upon identities of participants when collecting demographic data and when writing consent/assent forms. Regarding gender identity, in particular, the simplest way to inquire is to provide the following options:
Woman ____
Another gender, please specify_____________
I prefer not to respond____
If there is a need to use gender pronouns in consent or assent forms, the gender neutral his or her pronouns are commonly utilized.

Additional guidelines regarding gender inclusivity and how to inquire about sexual orientation can be found at the Human Rights Campaign website.