Program for Scholarly Integrity

Welcome to the Program for Scholarly Integrity (PSI) of Laney Graduate School at Emory University. The PSI provides students with a foundational, cross-disciplinary introduction to the question of ethics for their research, training and careers. It is an integral part of the curriculum in the over forty programs offered by the Laney Graduate School across the humanities, social sciences, biomedical and natural sciences, public health, nursing and business divisions. Use this page to learn more about upcoming events, ways of getting involved, faculty information and educational resources. 

To learn more about the Program for Scholarly Integrity (PSI), scroll down or click on a topic: Program Elements / RequirementsLearning Objectives, or History.

Program Elements / Requirements

There are three elements to the program.  Completion of elements (1) and (2) are required for candidacy, and (3) is required for graduation.

1. PSI 600: A 6 hour core seminar in scholarly integrity, supported by the Laney Graduate School in collaboration with the Emory Center for Ethics. Participation in this seminar will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

2. Program-Based Instruction: A minimum of 6 hours of program-based ethics material. The disposition of this discussion time is at the program’s discretion. These discussions may take place within existing courses, such as methodology or professionalization courses. They may also take the form of faculty-led workshops or journal clubs. The intention of this part of the program is to promote student discussions with their own program faculty, and to integrate explicit attention to ethics into the regular course of graduate education.

3.  PSI 610: Minimum of 4 workshops. These workshops will be sponsored by the LGS, the Emory Center for Ethics, and will include any other relevant occasional lectures or workshops. Students will register for these sessions individually, and participation will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the PSI, students will be able to:

  • Explain the disparities in values that create ethical dilemmas.
  • Justify the importance of responsible engagement in scholarly inquiry.     
  • Identify ethical challenges as they arise during research, training, and professional life.
  • Implement a process for addressing ethical issues.    
  • Respect disciplinary codes of conduct, institutional policies, and global standards in scholarly inquiry.
  • Locate resources for ensuring ethical practices in a variety of contexts.


In Spring 2008, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) put out a call for proposals that sought to “develop educational models for promoting responsible conduct of research and integrity in professional scholarship, education, and research.” One of five projects selected for funding, Emory’s response was guided by three principles:

  1. To integrate education in research ethics and integrity into the graduate curriculum.
  2. To develop students’ skills of critical reflection about problems of scholarly integrity.
  3. To increase knowledge of standards, regulations and best practices with respect to ethics and scholarly integrity.


PSI Program Director
Karen Rommelfanger

LGS Senior Associate Dean
Cathryn Johnson