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SARI Program Plan for World Campus Students

The SARI program at Penn State is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), through a two-part program: an online course to be completed in the first year of graduate study, followed by five hours of discussion-based RCR education prior to degree completion.

Part 1: CITI online RCR training program:



  1. Students must first register with CITI and create a unique user name and password. Be sure to select "Pennsylvania State University" (NOT Hershey) as your institution.
  2. After you have registered on the site, you will be taken to a page that shows courses in two categories:
    • Human Subjects Research (IRB/SARI) (Choose Social Science Research from the three options)
    • SARI Program Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (Choose Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course from the options).
  3. Make sure that you choose these specific courses from those offered.
  4. This self-paced training, which can be done intermittently over the course of the first two semesters of enrollment, will take about 6-8 hours. You may log in and out as often as you like to complete the course.
  5. When you have completed the course (with 80% or higher scores on the quizzes), you will receive a completion report. You then must deliver a copy of that report to Dave Popp, the lead faculty advisor for the Educational Technology program, for record keeping.


Part 2: Five hours of discussion-based RCR education:

To meet SARI requirements there will be a discussion assignment for each of the following topics in required courses:

  • Acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership of data
  • Publication practices and responsible authorship
  • Conflict of interest and commitment
  • Research misconduct
  • Peer review
  • Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • Collaborative science
  • Human subjects protections

Each student will be asked to prepare for the discussion by reviewing the content for that topic provided by the CITI site, and one student per week will be assigned the task of framing the discussion for the class. Each discussion will have a separate discussion forum in ANGEL, the course management system. Students will participate in each of the weekly discussions along with the faculty member as part of the module requirements for the week, and participation will determine the grade for that assignment.