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Scholarship and Research Integrity Requirement

Effective August 2009, all entering graduate students, by act of the Graduate School, must complete two on-line courses involving (1) the Responsible Conduct of Research and (2) Training in the Use of Human Subjects.  Students must complete the two courses by no later than November 1 in the first year of their entry into the Graduate Program. In addition to the on-line instruction, those in the Ph.D. Program must complete five hours of discussion-based instruction involving research integrity and the responsible conduct of research that the Graduate Officer will arrange. Such instruction ordinarily will occur during one’s first year but not prior to November 1. Students in the M.A. Program who advance to the Ph.D. Program will have to complete the discussion-based component in the first year of doctoral study but will not have to repeat the on-line courses. Failure to complete these requirements will prevent one from earning a degree. For additional information, visit

The Use of Human Subjects in Research (Policy RA14)

Summary: Volunteer human subject pools constitute a vital resource for Penn State research. Because of Penn State's commitment to ethical informed treatment of all human subjects involved in research, and because of the possibility of legal problems resulting from the neglect or oversight of protection of human subjects involved in experimentation, it is absolutely necessary for the Office for Regulatory Compliance to review and approve all such involvement.

General Standards of Professional Ethics (Policy AD47)

Summary: To set forth statements of general standards of professional ethics to serve as a reminder of the variety of obligations assumed by all members of the academic community.

Handling Inquiries/Investigations Into Questions of Ethics in Research and in Other Scholarly Activities (Policy RA10)

Summary: Misconduct in research or other scholarly activities is prohibited and allegations of such misconduct shall be investigated thoroughly and resolved promptly. Further, the University shall take such action as may be necessary to ensure the integrity of research or scholarly work, the rights and interests of research subjects and the public, and the observance of legal requirements or responsibilities. Violation of University policy shall be considered to be a serious breach of the trust placed in each member of the faculty and staff, as well as all students, and may result in the imposition of disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, dismissal from employment or enrollment.

Faculty and staff members and students have a personal responsibility for complying with this policy and for assisting their associates in continuing efforts to avoid any activity which may be considered in violation of University policy.

Coauthorship of Scholarly Reports, Papers and Publications (Policy RA13)

Summary: It is the policy of The Pennsylvania State University that proper credit be given to those individuals who make material contributions to activities which lead to scholarly reports, papers and publications.

Communication Research: Lab and RePaSS

The purpose of this webpage is to outline the policies associated with research associated with CAS resources: the use of Communication Research Lab and RePaSS. The research participant pool (RePaSS) is a mutually beneficial arrangement between researchers in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and students enrolled in CAS100 - Effective Speech.