Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

Reminder: Drawings and raffles are not allowable forms of participant incentives


"Raffle Tickets" by alykat is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Raffle Tickets” by alykat is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The OVPR would like to remind researchers that while it is acceptable to provide compensation to research participants, it is not appropriate for that compensation to take the form of entry into a drawing or raffle for a prize. The restriction is based on a Baylor policy that prohibits raffles or drawings as campus activities.

This policy most often applies to campus groups who might wish to hold raffles as fund-raising activities, but the Office of General Counsel has advised that the policy also applies to research participant raffles.

Brian Spry, research compliance specialist in the OVPR, can advise faculty on the appropriateness of planned participant compensation and help them develop alternatives that satisfy all applicable requirements.  He can be reached by phone at 254-710-3147, or by email at

Contact the Office of General Counsel with questions about the policy.

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