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Policy 600.15 – Research Approval Process and Surveys



Board Policy

  1. The Board encourages and supports research projects relating to the various functions of the District. The Board recognizes the value of current research data in the development of improved operational and instructional programs.
  2. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to establish administrative regulations consistent with this policy.



Research Review Committee - 600.15-1

In recognition of the need to coordinate research efforts, the Administration shall appoint a Research Review Committee and delegate to the committee the responsibility for the review and approval of research project proposals.

  1. The Research Review Committee is comprised of the following:
    1. Assistant Superintendent for curriculum and instruction;
    2. A School Performance Officer;
    3. Director of Research and Assessment;
    4. Director (s) of Instructional Supports (ISD);
    5. and other District staff and specialists as necessary.
  2. The Assistant Superintendent or designee will serve as chairperson of the Research Review Committee.
  3. Applicants requesting to conduct research projects shall submit to the Research Review Committee a completed Research Project application and a written proposal that outlines the purpose of the research, the methodology to be followed, the instruments to be used, and the anticipated benefits which shall accrue to the District upon completion of the research.
  4. The Research Review Committee shall review all research proposals to determine their educational value and to evaluate research design.
  5. The Research Review Committee shall review all research proposals regarding sensitive topics consistent with federal and state FERPA guidelines:
    1. Prior written consent from parents or guardians is required in all grades, kindergarten through grade twelve, and must be obtained before students are asked to complete written assignments, answer questions, complete questionnaires, or take psychological or psychiatric examinations, tests, or treatments which reveal any of the following information about the student or the student’s family, whether such information is personally identifiable or not:
      1. political affiliations or, except as provided for in state law, political philosophies;
      2. mental or psychological problems;
      3. sexual behavior, orientation, or attitudes;
      4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
      5. critical appraisal of individuals with whom the student or family member has close family relationships;
      6. religious affiliations or beliefs;
      7. legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, medical personnel, or ministers;
      8. or income, except as required by law. (See, §53E-9-203 (1)).  
    2. In order for the prior written consent to be valid, parents/legal guardians must be given notification at least two (2) weeks before any sensitive information is solicited. The notice must include information that a copy of the educational or student survey questions to be asked is available at the school for the parents to review.   (See, §53E-9-203 (4)).  
  6. Following consideration by the Research Review Committee, formal notice of approval or disapproval shall be given to the applicant by the Committee chairperson.
  7. Administrators and department directors shall have the responsibility to coordinate approved research projects within their areas or departments in consultation with the Research Review Committee.
  8. Upon completion of a research project, whether or not the District participates in the funding, a copy of the findings, thesis, dissertation or other written report shall be submitted to  Research and Assessment. The results of significant projects shall be reported to the Administrative Cabinet by the chairperson of the Research Review Committee.



Surveys - 600.15-2

  1. Classroom or school level surveys must be submitted for review and approval. Please refer to Exhibit—1—Surveys and Questionnaires for guidance in categories of surveys and specific approval.    


  • Utah Code §53E-9-203.  Activities prohibited without prior written consent — Validity of consent — Qualifications — Training on implementation.



Document History

Revised – 11.13.2018.  Policy – 600.15 – Research Approval Process and Surveys was revised to add language from the Student Privacy and Data Protection Act, (See, §53E-9-201, et seq), regarding prior written consent before students are asked to complete questionnaires or surveys, listing specific language regarding sensitive topics.  An Exhibit was developed to provide guidance regarding required approvals before conducting a survey in Canyons School District. 

Adopted – 5.10.1988.


This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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