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Smeal Community Encouraged to Nominate Students for Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Awards

The Penn State Smeal College of Business encourages students, faculty, and staff to nominate undergraduate students for the Rock Ethics Institute 2014 Stand Up Awards. The Stand Up Award honors Penn State undergraduates who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2014.
January 21, 2014

The Penn State Smeal College of Business encourages students, faculty, and staff to nominate undergraduate students for the Rock Ethics Institute 2014 Stand Up Awards. The Stand Up Award honors Penn State undergraduates who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. The nomination deadline is January 31, 2014.

“The Stand Up Award provides a meaningful forum to recognize students for their ethical leadership—students who demonstrate their values and take a stand for the betterment of our community.”

“The Smeal College is committed to fostering a community of honor and integrity,” said Jennifer Eury, director of honor and integrity at Smeal. “The Stand Up Award provides a meaningful forum to recognize students for their ethical leadership—students who demonstrate their values and take a stand for the betterment of our community.”

In 2009, a Smeal College of Business student—now an alumnus—was the recipient of the Stand Up Award. Shane George tackled several ethical issues while he was a student at Penn State.

First, he took a stand against cheating by working with college faculty to bring the Honor Code to undergraduates. He also made presentations to business classes to garner support and participation in the reporting of cheating.

Honor Code: We, the Smeal College of Business community, aspire to the highest ethical standards and will hold each other accountable to them. We will not engage in any action that is improper or that creates the appearance of impropriety in our academic lives, and we intend to hold this standard in our future careers.

In addition, George promoted a safe environment for students on the residential hall floor where he served as a resident assistant. When a group of students discriminated against an openly gay dorm resident, George brought his residents together to stress an environment of respect for all lifestyles.

The Rock Ethics Institute aims to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University and beyond through teaching, research, and outreach. To learn more about its Stand Up Award, visit the Rock Ethics Stand Up Award web page.

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