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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 8–14, 2021. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. 

Chancellor Teresa MacCartney 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:

Student Ethics Themed Button Making Contest - students are challenged to make buttons with an ethics theme. Winning design will be used in Ethics Awareness Week buttons !

Compliance Training Modules - All faculty, staff and student workers are required to complete the following trainings by December 15, 2021:

  • Ethics Refresher 2021
  • Ethics Hotline Reporting Process and Procedures
  • Conflict of Interest and Condlict of Commitment Policy
  • Right to Know       

For links to the training see email from President Cartee 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 faculty/staff member to reply with a correct response each day will win a prize! Every employee who answers the questions will be entered in a drawing to be held at the end of the week, so, even if you're not first to answer, you still might win a prize!

Ethics-Themed Books and Movie Display in Library

          Resource Tables with ethics and fraud awareness materials will be available in the common areas of each building on all three campuses.

Bobcat Pledge Banner SIgning - all campuses all week

Tuesday November 9:  Academic Center for Excellence Open House  5-7PM

Wednesday November 10: Movie - "My Sister's Keeper" will be available for viewing in the Movie Room in the JAM Student Activities Center all week. Sign ups for 1PM, 3PM and 5PM. Student Life will provide popcorn! 

Thursday November 11:  Honorable Harold Melton, former Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court: The Higher Calling of Public Service (pre-recorded) 1PM

Friday, November 12:  USG Ethics and Compliance Best Practices Panel: Accountabilty in Higher Education via livestream presentation at 11AM

EGSC-Augusta may also participate in Augusta University's activities: https://www.augusta.edu/values-week/

EGSC-Statesboro may also participate in Georgia Southern University's activities: https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ethicsawareness/

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

EGSC Ethics Awareness Week Committee

  • Mary Smith, Chair
  • Dr Sandra Sharman
  • Cynthia Reese
  • Sheila Wentz
  • Meghan Crews
  • Tiera Williams
  • Veronic Cheers
  • Katelyn Moore
  • Harley Strickland Smith
  • Tracy Woods

Ethics Awareness Week Photos:

• 2018
2017
2016

Resources

 

Spirit of USG:  Celebrating our ethical culture