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Activities That Could Affect Students' Grades

The Board requires that studies not influence a student’s grade unless otherwise justified.  In such cases, you may be asked that pre tests, post tests, classroom exercises, homework assignments, etc., not be used to determine the student’s final grade.  If the study will affect the student’s grade, you may be required to provide a plan for allowing students to withdraw from a study without affecting their grades.  If required, this plan will need to be explained in the protocol, in the student consent/assent, and in the parent consent and/or parent notification letter, if either is required.

This issue also arises for adult students in a college or university setting where a professor is using students as participants in his or her research. For more information, please see the Student Participants section.

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