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Gordon joins USG to Highlight Ethical Culture Through Ethics Awareness Week

By: Katheryne Fields, Director of Marketing

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 11–17, 2019.  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, Gordon State College will be hosting activities to build upon our ethical culture.  

“During Ethics Awareness Week, we recognize that our faculty and staff contribute to the ethical culture of Highlander Nation,” stated Gordon State College President Dr. Kirk A. Nooks “It enhances our focus on professional standards and our system-wide shared core values of integrity, excellence, accountability and respect. From orientation to graduation, our institution 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 employeesand 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: 

11/11/19 @ 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon: (Faculty & Staff)- Join us in the Student Center 229 for “Green Zone Training –to learn about issues potentially facing active service members, student veterans, and their families” in the first session of Ethics Awareness Week at Gordon State College. Presented by Dean of Students Dr. Matthew Robinson in the Student Center Auditorium. 

11/11/19 from 12 Noon to 1 p.m.: (Faculty, Staff & Students) - Join President Nooks for a Dutch Treat Lunch in Highlander Dining Hall for our “Pledge of Awareness” Banner Signing. 

11/12/19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Faculty, Staff & Students) - Join us in Russell Hall 211 as Jason Byrd from Information Technology presents “Ethical Considerations for Email Usage.” 

11/12/19 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Students) - Join us in NAHS 353 Registrar Kristi Hayes presents “FERPA and What it Means to You.” 

11/13/19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Staff) - Join us in NAHS 312 as Dr. John Head, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs presents “Ethical Leadership.” 

11/13/19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Faculty) – Join Dr. Scott Shubitz and Anna Higgins Harrell in IC 112 for a CETL presentation on “Encouraging Ethical Leaders.”  

11/13/19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Students) - Join us for a “Student to Student Plagiarism Workshop” presented by student Hannah Rutledge in Student Center 107. 

11/13/19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Students) - Join us for a “SGA Ethics Activity” presented by SGA in the Student Center Auditorium. 

11/14/19 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Faculty, Staff & Students):  Please join us for “Meet with the Dean – Know the Student Code of Conduct” presented by i Dean of Students Dr. Matthew Robinson the NAHS 241. 

11/14/19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Faculty, Staff & Students) - Join us in Russell Hall 211 as Jason Byrd from Information Technology presents “Ethical Considerations for Email Usage.” 

11/14/19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Faculty, Staff & Students): Join us for a Human Resources presentation of “Open computer lab for Compliance Training Assistance” in IC 102. 

11/14/19 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Faculty, Staff & Students):  Join us for Hot Chocolates and Bookmarks Fraud, Waste and Abuse workshop presented by Alicia Dorton and Wendy Byrd in the front of the Student Center Auditorium. 

11/15/19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Faculty & Staff):  Join us for “Data Day” presented by Institutional Research in IC 112. 

Gordon State College recognizes that a successful work place includes an ethical, efficient and effective environment. GSC has provided this website:  for you to report unethical behavior and policy violations securely and confidentially. You can voice your concerns or make a report via telephone to an independent service by calling this number 24-hours a day, seven days a week: 1-877-516-3454.#USGSpirit #GSCHighlandersForward