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UNG offers workshops on ethics to support International Fraud Awareness Week

The University System of Georgia (USG) is a proud participant of International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19, and in support of this effort, the University of North Georgia (UNG) is hosting workshops to bring awareness to further promote an ethical culture across its five campuses. This year, the UNG initiative "Celebrate Our Ethical Culture" examines ethics while celebrating institutional values.

Ethics Awareness Workshop
Ron Graves of UNG's Office of Human Resources talks about the university's core values during a presentation about "How to be an Ethical Professional at UNG."

The SPIRIT of USG campaign is focused on Stewardship, Prevention, Integrity, Responsibility, Inspiration, and Trust. This awareness program is part of a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program which includes ethics training, mandatory compliance training, assurance audits, consulting engagements and an ethics and compliance reporting hotline.

"Each member of the USG community impacts the reputation of our system and public higher education," said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "Doing the right thing – the ethical thing – strengthens the system and sets a standard for all to emulate."

UNG leaders answer questions about ethics during workshop
Dr. Tom Ormond, left, UNG provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Mac McConnell, senior vice president for business and finance, answer submitted questions during a workshop on ethics.

Rose Procter, director of UNG’s BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership, serves on the USG’s Spirit of USG planning committee and will present "Beyond Ethics" at the USG Board of Regents workshop on No. 17 in participation of the International Fraud Awareness Week programming.

At UNG, workshops on each of the university's five campuses discuss ethics, what constitutes an ethical culture, and what it means to be an ethical professional. Each workshop includes a question-and-answer session.

UNG President Bonita Jacobs encouraged university employees to attend the workshop on their campus.

"Our UNG workshops are designed to help promote individual cultures while upholding a common university identity, values, policies, and procedures," Jacobs said. "I am grateful to Jill Holman, UNG's director of internal audit, for leading this effort, and to the planning committee members – Sheila Caldwell, Ron Graves, Rose Procter, and Edie Rogers – for this important work."

Sessions were held Monday, Nov. 14 in Dahlonega and Blue Ridge.

Remaining workshops include:

  • Oconee Campus: 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Gainesville Campus: 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • Cumming Campus: 10-11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18

The 90-minute workshops discuss ethics in the framework of UNG's institutional values of service, engagement, excellence, student focus, and integrity.

"Integrity is a key component of workplace ethics and a core value of our university," Holman said. "In my view, integrity is being honest and doing the right thing at all times. An employee with integrity most often proves to be a high-performing, excellent employee."

To register for the workshop, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NXM7FP. Faculty and staff may also submit an anonymous ethics-related question for consideration during the Q and A session at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/56QKSSB. Submissions through this link are anonymous, and questions will be addressed as time allows.

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