From Richard A. Shweder and Richard E. Nisbett

Don’t Let Your Misunderstanding of the Rules Hinder Your Research

Do the new regulations for institutional review boards permit universities to develop a self-exemption tool for investigators conducting low-risk research in the social sciences and humanities? We promoted that option in our essay in The Chronicle last month. A few research administrators around the country responded by telling their faculty members and suggesting in print that such a self-exemption option is not actually available under the new rules. They seem to believe we misread the regulations.

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