The risk of collecting data from participants or subjects at your place of employment are high. It may be tempting because it is convenient and you have access to a population and data within your workplace. You also know many of the people there, so it is easy to discuss your project with them. However, your supervisor’s verbal consent to collect data from students or clients is not the same as official written approval, which is required by the university.

On a few occasions I have known of dissertation students who received verbal approval to collect data and subsequently had the written request disapproved. The leaders of the organization had second thoughts and became hesitant for unknown reasons. This left the doctoral student scrambling for another source of participants or subjects.