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Dr. Schmidlap is coming near the end of a four-year-long study in which she followed college students throughout their careers. It has been a struggle because her department did not have enough funds for her to adequately compensate her participants.

When she started, she had 75 student participants. Whether it was due to the fact that she was too nice or that she did not adequately enforce the signed agreements, many students stopped participating and returning her emails. Now, nearly four years later, she only has 35 participants left. She is a bit worried and would like to come up with a strategy should more students discontinue the study.

What would be an ethical and effective way for her to proceed?


She should explain to participants, without emotion, that this is for the good of science and that future college students might benefit from this inconvenience.


She should be honest and appeal to participants as people and explain her situation, the work involved, and the benefits of the study.


She should respect the students’ time and work to find funds to compensate students for their time and effort.


She should bring out the signed contract and remind the students of the responsibilities they agreed to.


She should let the students discontinue for any reason they want.

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