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 this year for November 8–14, 2021. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. 

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, Gordon 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. From orientation to graduation, Gordon is committed to modeling ethical leadership for our students as part of the Highlander EDGE. We will emphasize that, in addition to our ethical values, our Code of Conduct is the foundation of the USG’s priorities of degree attainment, affordability and efficiency. 

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.


Activities planned for this week are as follows:

Monday, November 8

Dutch Treat Lunch - Join us for lunch in Highlander Dining Hall and stay for our “Pledge of Awareness” Banner Signing (12-1 pm)

Human Resources hosts JEOPARDY event in Highlander Dining Hall (1-2 pm)

Ethics & Mental Health – Alicia Dorton – IC 108 (2-3pm)

Abuse of Leadership Authority – Quarious Loper, VP of Education – GSC Toastmasters – IN PERSON: Russell Hall 3rd floor Conference Room and VIRTUAL: Join (3:30-4:30pm)

Tuesday, November 9

Data and Security Issues for Faculty, Staff and Students – Kristy Hayes and Britt Lifsey – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (2-3pm)

Intro to Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) and Ethical Considerations for Faculty and Staff – ALG Champions. Learn about: What is ALG?; Why is ALG important?; Copyright concerns; Upcoming Grant Opportunities; and more – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (2-3 pm)

Fundraising Ethical Principles for Faculty and Staff – Montrese Adger-Fuller – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (3-4pm)

EDUCATION dialogue: Ethical Leadership, Why Bother? Ethical Leadership, Why, Bother. – Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Brent Johnson – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (4-5pm)

Wednesday, November 10

Student to Student Plagiarism Workshop – SSC tutors – IN PERSON ONLY: Student Success Center (11am-12pm)

ETHICS Scavenger Hunt games – Meet in the Student Center Lobby; WIN PRIZES! (1-2pm)

Ethical Use of Passwords – Information Technology, Ndidi Akuta and Walter Bibb – IN PERSON ONLY: IC 108 (1-2pm)

Business Ethics Dialogue – Business Professors, Dr. Alan Burstein and Dr. Brenda Johnson – IN PERSON: IC 112 and VIRTUAL: Join (2-3pm)

Gordon State Student Code of Conduct – Dr. Matthew Robison – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (4-5pm)

Thursday, November 11

Customer Service & Record Keeping – Dr. Tonya Coleman – IN PERSON: Nursing 123 (11:15am-12:15pm)

Ethics & Research – Beverly Eskridge – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (1-2pm)

Student to Student Plagiarism Workshop – SSC tutors – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (2-3pm)

Education Ethics Dialogue – Education Dean, Dr. Joseph Jones – IN PERSON: Student Center 107 and VIRTUAL: Join (3-4pm)

Health Care Ethics Dialogue – Dr. Samantha Bishop – IN PERSON: Nursing 117 and VIRTUAL: Join (3-4pm)

Biology Ethics Dialogue – Professors Amanda Duffus and Theresa Stanley – IN PERSON: Nursing 123. VIRTUAL: Join (3-4pm)

Ethics Dialogue for Faculty and Students: “The CHEATING PROBLEM - Why do classes require proctored exams?” – Assistant Vice President and Business Professor, Dr. Ric Calhoun – VIRTUAL ONLY: Join (6-7 pm)

Friday, November 12

Psychology/Human Services: Poverty Simulation – Come experience the challenges of living in poverty – IN PERSON: Alumni Hall (9-11:30am)