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September Update: Announcing Our Newest Scientific Integrity Resources

New! Model Scientific Integrity Policy
Today we published a model scientific integrity policy, which serves as a blueprint for federal agencies and other institutions needing to adopt strong, comprehensive policies that protect science.

Our research reveals that many federal agencies and institutions lack critical safeguards for scientists and their research: Policies often don’t address censorship, political interference, or other threats to research. As a result, violations of scientific integrity principles harm our ability to respond to crises like COVID-19 and climate change.

We developed this free model language to address the weaknesses in these entities’ policies and promote better protections for scientific integrity. Institutions without policies can use the language as a basis for their policies, and institutions with policies can use it to improve theirs.

Guides to Scientific Integrity at DHS, NIH, Department of State
This month we released guides to the scientific integrity policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of State. There are recent political interference cases at each agency, and our guides will help agency scientists recognize and call out such violations of scientific integrity; this series now covers scientific integrity at 12 federal agencies.

Free Webinars: Political Engagement for Scientists
Join us on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, October 13 for two free webinars hosted by the American Geophysical Union on how scientists can engage in the 2020 general election. CSLDF attorneys Lauren Kurtz and Augusta Wilson will discuss the limitations on political involvement relevant to many scientists during campaign season, particularly the Hatch Act. Register for the September 28 webinar here.

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