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 Upcoming 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 quarterly 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 Upcoming 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 Graduate Programs Honor Board
Members of the Graduate Programs Honor Board serve on Honor Code cases, as needed. Members of the board must maintain confidentiality of cases at all times and be prepared to serve at any time. All interested graduate students (including students enrolled in the Penn State Smeal MBA and Executive MBA Programs) must undergo training related to the academic integrity processes. Training occurs during orientation and/or the beginning of each semester. For more information contact TBD.
Join the MBA Academic Integrity Committee
The Academic Integrity Committee, chaired by the Penn State Smeal MBA Association’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Relations, is actively involved in the academic integrity process for students enrolled in the Penn State Smeal MBA and Executive MBA Programs. Members of the committee attend monthly meetings with the group, review and improve the Honor Code process, and assist with orientation activities for incoming first-year students as well as program planning in the areas of integrity and ethical behavior. The Committee consists of four MBA students from the incoming first-year class, elected by their peers. They serve on the committee for two years. For more information contact TBD.