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 the Discussion-based Component (Part 2)

College of Engineering Component

  • This is typically a 1-hour video segment followed by a quiz.
  • Students will be notified via email by the Graduate Program Office Staff that access has been granted to view the video segments in ANGEL and CANVAS (there is no limit to the number of hours obtained via video).
  • After logging in, students will be able to view the available SARI video segments.
  • A score of 80 points is considered a passing score on the associated quiz.

Students must request the certificate at the completion of the module and keep the document for their SARI records.

Department Component

  • This is an orientation consisting of a 1-hour seminar and a 1-hour discussion.
  • Certificate of Completion for 2 hours is awarded by the Graduate Program Coodinator. Students should keep this certificate for their SARI records.
  • Note: If students attend in person, they can not receive credit for the corresponding video segment.

Office of Research Protections (ORP) Component

  • Note: A maximum of 2 hours may be earned in this component.
  • Students will be required to swipe their Penn State ID to verify attendance.
  • Upcoming SARI events can be found on the SARI website.
  • The Graduate Program Office staff will send students an attendance confirmation. Students should keep this document with their SARI records.

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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