Graduate Student Handbook

Scholarship and Research Integrity

All scholars, from graduate students to senior investigators, confront ethical issues in their professional activities. Each year, thousands of Penn State investigators conduct research with integrity that would withstand the highest levels of scrutiny. Unfortunately, however, each year some Penn State personnel are involved in research misconduct allegations, inquiries, and investigations. Misconduct allegations have involved research personnel of every rank, and some findings have been serious enough to lead to recommendations of dismissal from the university. 

Many cases involve situations where the responsible or ethical course of action was not clear to the investigator. Advance discussion of core principles and possible scenarios can help inform choices frequently made under pressure, helping to eliminate poor decisions.

The Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) program provides graduate students with opportunities to identify, examine, and discuss ethical issues relevant to their disciplines.

All students entering any master's or doctoral program in the College of Engineering at Penn State are required to undertake training in SARI. 

The SARI program at Penn State is composed of two parts: an online training component (Part 1), and an interactive, discussion-based component (Part 2). The online training provides a common language and understanding of the history and principles of the responsible conduct of research. The discussion-based component provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of important issues unique to each field of study. 

Effective Fall 2016: IME graduate students must complete all SARI requirements by the end of their admission semester.

Satisfying the Online Training Component (Part 1)

Please go to and use the following instructions:

  • Select “University Park, Commonwealth, and other non-Hershey personnel”
  • Select “Add a Course or Update Learner Groups”
  • Select “I need to take RCR training to satisfy SARI@PSU training requirements”
  • Select “Graduate”
  • Select “Responsible conduct of research (RCR) course….”
CITI Program RCE course models
Required Modules Elective Modules (one required)
Authorship Research, Ethics, and Society
Collaborative Research Environmental and Social Dimensions of Engineering Research
Data Management Using Animal Subjects in Research
Mentoring Research involving Human Subjects
Peer Review Export Controls and National Security
Research Misconduct

After successful completion with a score of 80 percent or higher, students will receive a certificate of completio that they should keep for their SARI records.

Satisfying Part 2 Requirement (Attend the SARI portion of Fall and Spring New Grad Student Orientation):

  • Attend Fall New Grad Student Orientation: three hours/ Freivalds/ethics-academic
  • Attend Spring New Grad Student Orientation: two hours/Voigt/ethics-professional

How to satisfy Part 2 SARI requirements if you do not participate in these departmental lead SARI Workshops:

College of Engineering (COE) Component (typically one-hour video segments with quizzes)

  • Email the Graduate Program Office to request access to view the video segments in CANVAS 
    • No limit to the number of hours obtained via video segments.
    • After logging into CANVAS, you will be able to view the available SARI video segments.
  • A score of 80 points is considered a passing score on the associated quiz.
  • Request your certificate at the completion of the credits (keep for your SARI records).
    NOTE: If you attended Freivalds' orientation in person, you cannot receive credit for the corresponding two-hour video segment.

Office of Research Protections (ORP) Component NOTE: MAXIMUM of 2 hours in this component

Completion of SARI Requirements

Once all requirements have been met and the Graduate Student SARI Checklist has been completed, students should email their SARI Checklist, the completion certificates, attendance confirmations, and CITI transcript to the Graduate Program Office or hand deliver all documentation to 310 Leonhard Building. Once reviewed, the Graduate Office Program staff will send an email confirming all SARI requirements have been met.

Note: An incomplete SARI Checklist that is submitted will be returned for completion.



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