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Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (LLAED), in the College of Education, submits this plan.

Part 1. Online RCR Training Program

All students must complete an online course offered by collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The course selections can be found at the following website citi.psu.edu. Select the course that applies to the type of research you will be conducting. Complete the course and email the completion certificate to the LLAED program staff assistant within the first two semesters.

Part 2. Five hours of discussion-based RCR Education

For doctoral students, five hours of discussion will be provided in the 3-credit graduate course, ADTED 550, Qualitative Research in ADTED.

RCR topics to be discussed

All topics listed on the SARI guidelines sheet, with the exception of the animal welfare topic, are covered in ADTED 550.

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. The SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) program at Penn State is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), in a way that is tailored to address the issues faced by students in individual programs.

All graduate students at Penn State are required to complete SARI requirements during their graduate study.