Columbus State joins the University System of Georgia for a week focused on ethics

October 30, 2023

A week of professional development for Columbus State University students and staff beginning Monday, Nov. 6, will underscore the University System of Georgia’s commitment to ethics. Workshops, seminars and other on-campus events focus on maintaining the integrity, good judgment and commitment to public service of all members of the CSU community.

Each year, Columbus State and the USG highlight this commitment through Ethics Awareness Week – part of a comprehensive ethics and compliance program for all USG employees. This program includes a system-level ethics policy and code of conduct, ethics training for new employees, and annual ethics refresher training for employees and students.

The ethics program on campus is open to community members as well as students and staff. Each will promote shared core values ​​such as integrity, excellence, accountability and respect.

“We welcome the opportunity to educate our students, faculty, staff and the broader community about our shared role in maintaining the highest standards of ethical and lawful conduct in academic and business activities and why these efforts are critical,” said General Counsel Craig Burgess, whose Legal, Ethics and Compliance department leads Ethics Awareness Week.

The full program of Ethics Awareness Week events, including links to virtual sessions, can be found on the Legal, Ethics and Compliance website. In-person events where the public would like to meet students and staff include:

Monday, November 6th

6:00 p.m., “Ethics in Cinema” and screening of the documentary “The Social Dilemma,” followed by discussion, Davidson Auditorium [map]

Tuesday, November 7th

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., “Ethics and Law”: A Conversation with Chief Justice Ben Richardson, Illges Hall, Room 216

Thursday, November 9th

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., panel discussion: “Ethics & Best Practices in Higher Education: Steering an Ethical Culture Through Rapid Change and the Great Resignation,” Illges Hall 216 [map]

As part of its commitment to ethical practices, Columbus State offers members of the university, business and surrounding communities multiple ways to report possible ethical, unscrupulous or fraudulent activity through its Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline – a confidential, independent service provided by a third party provided. Party vendors. Additionally, any USG employee may submit reports anonymously online or call toll-free 877-516-3424 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report concerns or suggestions for improvement related to CSU or any other institution in the University System of Georgia express.

Media contact:
Michael Tullier, APR, Executive Director of Strategic Communications + Marketing, 706.507.8729,