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Georgia Southern 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 a more educated Georgia. 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 11–17. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of the 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 its 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.

Georgia Southern University will support these efforts by promoting our system-wide shared core values of integrity, excellence, accountability and respect. The University will emphasize that, in addition to its ethical values, its Code of Conduct is the foundation of the USG’s priorities of degree attainment, affordability and efficiency.

During the week, a video series will be launched to bring awareness to ethics, reinforce the principles of recognizing the hard work of employees, and promote our shared values. The theme for this week is the “SPIRIT of USG.” Activities planned will emphasize:

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

Following each video, viewers can answer a trivia question that will enter them into a drawing providing a prize for the first three viewers who answer correctly.

For more information regarding the SPIRIT of USG activities, visit Georgiasouthern.edu/EthicsAwareness.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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