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Strategy 1.6: Assist Students to Explore Ethical Issues in Their Professional and Personal Lives

Every day brings news coverage of situations that involved professional and personal ethics and ethical dilemmas. Many of these situations are complex, and graduate and undergraduate students should have opportunities to confront the issues while they are enrolled at Penn State. The University should ensure that no student graduates from Penn State without having had the opportunity to confront issues of ethics and ethical dilemmas, both theoretical and applied, can be incorporated into General Education courses, courses specific to a student’s major, or the co-curriculum. Issues of ethics should extend to personal academic integrity and the University should continue to explore the adoption of an Honor Code, building on the experience of the pilot implementation in the Smeal College of Business. Recent actions by the Graduate School to provide improved training in the ethical responsibilities for research should be continued and, if appropriate, further expanded.

  • Academic Leadership Council—Primary
  • University Faculty Senate—Secondary
  • Rock Ethics Institute
  • Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • Vice President for Student Affairs