Ethics in the Workplace

We Are All Winners With An Ethical Culture!

Georgia College and the USG BOR is committed to creating a more ethical culture.  This webpage is intended to provide you with our core values and the importance of building an ethical culture together.

What do we mean by workplace ethics?

One of the most important responsibilities that we place on the employees of organizations is upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior.  In a nutshell, this comes down to doing the right thing even when the wrong thing might also have some attraction.  Work-place ethics are most often related to decision-making processes.  Most leaders face the opportunity to choose between alternative courses of action in their work situations and other aspects of their lives. Work-place ethics refer to choosing the option that is determined to be the moral or legal “right” choice, even if the other alternative(s) are very attractive and even if you can “get away with” the less ethical choice. 

Who is Responsible for Creating an Ethical Culture at Georgia College?

All the stakeholders in the Georgia College community are responsible for creating an ethical culture.

Stakeholders Include:

  • Students 
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Students are responsible for upholding the GC Honor Code and acting in an ethical manner inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff are required to learn and follow the GC and BOR ethics policies and perform their jobs to the highest ethical standards.  Visit USG BOR Ethics Policy 8.2.18.1 and Core Values located here: 

https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section8/C224/#p8.2.18_personnel_conduct

WE ARE BOBCATS NOT PIRATES!
Creating a more ethical workplace includes reminders that all campus community members are to not illegally obtain digital content.  

What are Georgia College’s and the USG’s core values?

Every member of the USG community is required to adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values – Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect – that form and guide the daily work of the organization.

  • Integrity – We will be honest, fair, impartial and unbiased in our dealings both with and on behalf of the USG.
  • Excellence – We will perform our duties to foster a culture of excellence and high quality in everything we do.
  • Accountability – We firmly believe that education in the form of scholarship, research, teaching, service and developing others is a public trust. We will live up to this trust through safeguarding our resources and being good stewards of the human, intellectual, physical and fiscal resources given to our care.
  • Respect – We recognize the inherent dignity and rights of every person, and we will do our utmost to fulfill our resulting responsibility to treat each person with fairness, compassion and decency.


Want to learn more on about a dedication to building an ethical culture?

See these resources:

Benefits of an Ethical Culture.pdf

Costs of Unethical Behavior.pdf

Governors Ethics Executive Order.pdf