Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI)

The SARI program at Penn State is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research.

As research has become more complex, more collaborative, and more costly, issues of research ethics have become similarly complex, extensive, and important. The education of graduate students at Penn State must prepare students to face these issues in their professional lives.

Based on guidance provided by the Council of Graduate Schools in a report entitled "Graduate Education for the Responsible Conduct of Research," the SARI model includes both interdisciplinary and program-specific RCR content.

The SARI program has two parts:

  1. During the first year of enrollment, graduate students will be required to complete an online RCR training program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The Office for Research Protections (ORP) will provide the conduit to this training via the SARI Resource Portal on the ORP website.
  2. Graduate students are required to engage in an additional 5 hours of discussion-based RCR education prior to degree completion. These discussions will encompass both universal and discipline-specific material. Each college has developed a unique plan for how graduate students in their programs will meet the requirements for discussion-based RCR education.