The College of Arts and Architecture

The Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) Program

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The SARI program at Penn State is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research, in a way that is tailored to address the issues faced by individual disciplines.  The program is implemented by Penn State colleges and graduate programs in a way that meets the particular needs of students in each unit.  The School of Music SARI Program has two parts: an online program to be completed in the first semester of graduate study, and five hours of discussion-based Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education prior to degree completion.  The SARI Resource Portal (http://www.research.psu.edu/training/sari) provides information, teaching tools, and links to other resources to support SARI program activities, as well as access to an online training program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which most programs, including the School of Music, will use for first-year training.

CITI online RCR training program

All graduate students entering the School of Music from fall semester 2009 and forward will be expected to complete the CITI online RCR training during their first year.  Completing the training during the first semester, however, is strongly recommended.  Any student who fails to complete the required training will not be allowed to continue past his or her second semester until such training is successfully completed.

To access the CITI training, log on to https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp?.

  • On the Registration page under Participating Institutions, use the drop menu to select Pennsylvania State University.
  • Create your username and password
    - Follow the directions for username (note for future reference)
    - Follow the directions for password (note for future reference)
  • Enter your name and e-mail address
  • Under CME/CEU credits, check: No
  • Under Course Survey, check: Yes or No, as you prefer
  • On the Member Information page, complete the asterisk fields (for Department, type music)
  • On the Select Curriculum page:
    - Under Human Subjects (IRB/SARI), check: No Human Subjects course at this time
    - Under SARI Program Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), check: Responsible Conduct of Scholarly Activities in the Humanities
    - Click on Submit
  • Once you have registered, you may enter and leave the course at any time, completing modules as time permits.
  • Students who have successfully completed a CITI course (with a grade of 80% or higher) will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
  • Present this certificate to Lisa Stamm who will record your successful completion of the CITI training program.

Five hours of discussion-based RCR education

All graduate students entering the School of Music will be expected to complete five hours of discussion-based RCR education during their first year.  These discussions will encompass both universal and discipline-specific material.

Requirements for students accepted into the Master of Arts, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree programs.

a) Enrollment in and satisfactory completion of Introduction to Music Reference and Research Materials (Music 500). At least five hours of discussion of related topics occur as part of this course (addressing publication practices, responsible authorship, citation methods, research misconduct, and peer review).

b) The School of Music will periodically promote workshops sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, the School of Law (addressing artistic and intellectual property, and copyright), the Rock Ethics Institute, or the Office for Research Protections. Students are encouraged to attend some of these workshops, as appropriate. 

Requirements for students accepted into the Master of Music Education degree program.

a) Enrollment in and satisfactory completion of Identifying and Interpreting Research (MU ED 540), Master’s Seminar in Music Education (Music 550), and Contemporary Issues in Music Education (MU ED 559) (two semesters are required).  At least five hours of discussion of related topics occur during these classes combined.

b) The School of Music will periodically promote workshops sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, the School of Law (addressing artistic and intellectual property, and copyright), the Rock Ethics Institute, or the Office for Research Protections. Students are encouraged to attend some of these workshops, as appropriate. 

Requirements for students accepted into the Ph.D. degree program.

a) Enrollment in Doctoral Seminar in Music Education (MU ED 555) every semester in residence.  Often, a course requirement is to attend selected Office for Research Protections (ORP) Research Integrity Brownbag discussions. Also, a discussion of the Code of Ethics used in the profession is part of this course.  At least five hours of discussion of related topics occur during these seminars.

b) Conduct at least one research project with human subjects prior to comprehensive exams.

c) The School of Music will periodically promote workshops sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture, the School of Law (addressing artistic and intellectual property, and copyright), the Rock Ethics Institute, or the Office for Research Protections. Students are encouraged to attend some of these workshops, as appropriate.