From signing the Honor Code to attending special events, there are a number of ways for graduate students to promote integrity and ethical behavior.
Lead by Example
It seems quite simple, but it is really the best way that you can promote integrity and ethical behavior. In the classroom, in your research, or on your internship, we urge you to aspire to the highest ethical means.
Sign the Honor Code
Every fall and spring semester, the Smeal College of Business invites students to sign the Honor Code. We encourage you to reaffirm your commitment to integrity every semester. Visit Smeal’s website under Events for the latest information about future signing events.
Staff the Honor Code Signing
In addition to signing the Honor Code, students are encouraged to staff the signing table and answer questions about the Honor Code. Dean Whiteman and Honor and Integrity Director Jennifer Eury will send an e-mail to the community, early in the fall and spring semesters, asking for volunteers. Volunteers receive briefing materials and a “Rise Above” T-shirt to wear during the signing session.
Participate in Contests
Integrity Insights, the college’s integrity e-newsletter, features important updates and announcements as well as contest opportunities to promote integrity and ethical behavior. Look for upcoming contest opportunities in the next issue of Integrity Insights.
Attend an Integrity Event
From small-group discussions to keynote speakers, there are a number of special events planned throughout the year. Visit Smeal’s website under Events for the latest information about future events, or see the next issue of Integrity Insights.
Host a Workshop for Your Student Organization
From knowing your personal values to establishing your organization’s core values to ethical decision-making, these team-building and leadership development sessions will add value to new and established organizations. Contact the Honor and Integrity Director to schedule a workshop for your organization.
Plan an Ethical Issues Discussion for Your Student Organization
Student organizations, research teams, or graduate cohorts are encouraged to identify a topic of interest and coordinate an ethical ethics discussion. The discussion could be informal, or it could involve a guest speaker or panel of speakers. Contact the Honor and Integrity Director to meet and share your interests for a discussion.
Promote Integrity in Your Student Organization
From guest speakers to social events, student organizations engage in a number of activities every semester. Consider making your organization’s next project one that is focused on promoting integrity and ethical behavior. Contact the Honor and Integrity Director to meet and brainstorm ideas for your organization.
Join the MBA Academic Integrity Committee
The Academic Integrity Committee consists of the Academic Integrity Officer, an elected student representative (Penn State Smeal MBA Association’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Relations), the MBA Managing Director, and students who have volunteered to be engaged in promoting academic integrity and participating in Review and Appeal Boards. While all MBA students will be trained in academic integrity and the academic integrity violation process during Orientation, service on the Academic Integrity Committee and Review and Appeal Boards will be encouraged but not required. Additional training for Review and Appeal Boards will be conducted as needed. Committee membership is reviewed and considered each semester by the elected student official.