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 each year in November. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. 

The Chancellor 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.

2021 Ethics Awareness Week Activities
    • Student Ethics Themed Button Making Contest - students were challenged to make buttons with an ethics theme. The winning design would be used to make Ethics Awareness Week Buttons!
    • Compliance Training Modules - All faculty, staff and student workers were 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       
        • Links to the training were sent via email from President Cartee and Tracy Woods, Director of Human Resources.               
    • Daily Email Trivia Quiz Competition - Ethics Trivia Questions were distributed daily via e-mail from Institutional Advancement. The first faculty/staff member to reply with a correct response each day will won a prize! Every employee who answered the questions was entered in a drawing held at the end of the week, so, even if you weren't first to answer, you still had a chance to win a prize!
    • Ethics-Themed Books and Movie Display in Library
    • Resource Tables with ethics and fraud awareness materials were available in the common areas of each building at all three locations.
    • Bobcat Pledge Banner Signing - all locations, all week
    • Tuesday November 9:  Academic Center for Excellence Open House  5-7 p.m.
    • Wednesday November 10: Movie - My Sister's Keeper was available for viewing in the Movie Room in the JAM Student Activities Center all week. Sign ups were for 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Student Life provided popcorn! 
    • Thursday November 11:  Honorable Harold Melton, former Chief Justice of Georgia Supreme Court: The Higher Calling of Public Service (pre-recorded) 1 p.m.
    • Friday, November 12:  USG Ethics and Compliance Best Practices Panel: Accountabilty in Higher Education via livestream presentation at 11 a.m.
    • EGSC-Augusta participated in Augusta University's activities:
    • EGSC-Statesboro participated in Georgia Southern University's activities:
    • Publicity was 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