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 (EAW), which is scheduled this year for November 9–15, 2020. The purpose of this week is to remind employees of our 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 our 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.
In support of this effort, Georgia Highlands College will be hosting activities to build upon the college’s ethical culture by promoting activities related to our system-wide shared core values of integrity, excellence, accountability and respect. GHC will emphasize that, in addition to the college’s ethical values, GHC’s 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 enclosed in the flyer linked below:
For more information regarding the SPIRIT of USG activities, visit the Ethics Awareness Week webpage at the following link: https://ethics.highlands.edu