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While Human Subjects Training Teaches You the Law, It Misleads You About the Politics: Some Advice”.Abstract. Working Paper. “
If you are hoping to do research involving human subjects at most universities, you must pass formal certification tests and then submit your research plans for prior approval. If you diligently follow all these rules, you’ll satisfy some important legal requirements. At the same time, you’ll likely be missing many other legal requirements not mentioned in your training and completely misunderstand the essentially political situation you are in. The resulting risks to your university, your collaborators, and your career may be catastrophic. To avoid these problems, faculty and students conducting research about and for the public need to understand that they are public figures, for which different rules apply, ones that political scientists have long studied. We thus take a political science perspective and offer advice for both researchers and universities.