Internal Audit

Ethics Awareness: SPIRIT of USG

USG Highlights Ethical Culture Through Ethics Awareness Week

The University System of Georgia (USG) is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct in pursuit of its mission to create knowledge. Accomplishing this mission demands integrity, good judgment and dedication to public service from all members of the USG community. Annually, the USG highlights this commitment through an Ethics Awareness Week which is scheduled this year for November 9–15, 2020. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. 

Chancellor Steve Wrigley has emphasized the importance of an ethical culture and how it is critical to the success of not only our institutions, but our employees, students, communities and ultimately how Georgia is educated.

Ethics Awareness Week is part of a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program. This Program includes a system-level Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct, on-board ethics training, periodic ethics refresher training, compliance audits, special reviews and an Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline.

In support of this effort, East Georgia State College will be hosting activities to build upon our ethical culture by promoting activities related to our system-wide shared core values of integrity, excellence, accountability and respect. 

Activities during this week will bring awareness to ethics, reinforce the principles of recognizing the hard work of employees, and promote our shared values. Our theme for this week is the “SPIRIT of USG.”  Activities planned will emphasize:

Stewardship. Prevention. Integrity. Responsibility. Inspiration. Trust.

Activities planned for this week are as follows:

Compliance Training Modules - All faculty, staff and student workers are required to complete the following trainings:
            • Ethics Refresher module - deadline 12/11/20 
            • EverFi Title IX modules - deadline 12/31/20
For links to the training see email from President Boehmer and Tracy Woods, Director of Human Resources.               

Daily Email Trivia Quiz Competition Begins - Ethics Trivia Questions will be distributed daily via e-mail from Institutional Advancement. The first student and faculty/staff to reply with a correct response each day will win a prize! 

Daily Student Videos Begin - Students will present ethical attributes in a daily video format that is emailed to all campuses. To watch all the Daily Videos, check out the YouTube playlist here:

Movie - "Just Mercy" will be available for viewing in the Movie Room in the JAM Student Activities Center all week. Sign ups and social distancing required. Student Life will provide popcorn! 

Video link to presentation

Ethics-Themed Books and Movie Display in Library

Resource materials will be available on tables in the common areas on all three campuses.

Publicity will be shared via a press release, emails, and social media

Bridging the Ethical Gap presentationRodney Bullard, VP for Corporate and Social Responsibility, Chick Fil A; recorded presentation, check your email for link to access

Ethics Panel - Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. via livestream presentation - Registration Required:

EGSC-Augusta may participate in Augusta University's activities:

EGSC-Statesboro may participate in Georgia Southern University's activities:


EGSC Ethics Awareness Week Committee

Mary Smith, Chair
Beth Jones
Mack Seckinger
Stacey Grant
Sherrie Helms
Nick Kelch
Norma Kennedy
Angela Storck
Jessica Williamson
Katelyn Moore
Harley Strickland Smith
Chuck Wimberly
Tracy Woods

Ethics Awareness Week Photos:

• 2018



Spirit of USG:  Celebrating our ethical culture