From signing the Honor Code to attending special events, there are a number of ways for undergraduate 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 student organization, 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.
Participate in Case Competitions
The Smeal College of Business hosts the “Ethics in the Workplace” Case Competition. The competition provides students with an opportunity to examine a current challenge in an organization, apply ethical decision-making skills and knowledge to the challenge, and recommend a course of action for the organization. The winning team of the Smeal College of Business “Ethics in the Workplace” Case Competition has the opportunity to represent the college in the Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition at the Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona. Learn more about the Smeal College of Business “Ethics in the Workplace” Case Competition.
Attend an Integrity Event
From classroom guest speakers and keynote speakers to Donuts and Dilemmas discussions sponsored by companies, 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.
Recognize a Student Organization
Nominate an organization for the RISE Above Student Organization Award that recognizes a Smeal student organization that demonstrates an on-going commitment to integrity and ethical behavior. The organization shows ethical awareness and ethical decision-making, and identifies formal and/or informal opportunities to promote integrity and ethical behavior across their general body membership. The organizational membership also encourages others within the Smeal community to aspire to the highest ethical standards. See Integrity Insights for the latest information about future award opportunities.