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Scholarship and Research Integrity Information

All graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts entering graduate programs on or after Fall 2009 are required to complete a unit on Scholarship and Research Integrity that is appropriate for their field of study.

In the department of Political Science, the SARI requirement is fulfilled by:

• Successful completion of PL SC 511 (Professional Norms in Political

• Attendance at one departmental brownbag on a SARI-­‐related topic.

• Attendance at least one workshop sponsored by the Office of Research
Protection (ORP). For workshops see: link.

• Completion of the CITI On-­‐Line  course. Specifically, students must provide certification that they passed CITI  On-­‐Line courses in either the
“Human Subjects Research for IRB Training” or “Social and Behavioral  Responsible Conduct of Research Course” with a grade of 80% or better.

To access the CITI Program courses:
• Access to Penn State's CITI Program courses can be found at

• Choose the appropriate link for your campus affiliation: either Hershey, or Penn State locations other than Hershey.

• Answer a series of questions to help you select the appropriate CITI Program course.

• Once you have begun, you may enter and leave the course at any time, completing modules as time permits.

• Participants who have successfully completed a CITI Program course (with a grade of 80% or higher) will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
For more information about SARI click here.

Other Useful Resources and Links:
Video archive of previous ORP workshops
APSA’s Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science

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