Smeal community invited to sign honor code

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Smeal College of Business community will have an opportunity to sign the Smeal honor code throughout the second week of classes. Signing sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 2 to 4 in the Atrium of the Business Building.

There will be an additional opportunity to sign the code at the Smeal Student Organization Involvement Fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Business Building Atrium.

“The biannual honor code signing represents our Smeal College community’s strong commitment to integrity and ethical behavior,” said Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “Whether you’re a new or returning member of the community, we encourage you to signal your commitment to academic and professional integrity by signing your name to the code.”

“The biannual honor code signing represents our Smeal College community’s strong commitment to integrity and ethical behavior.”

-- Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean, Smeal College of Business

Signing the honor code is a tradition at Smeal observed at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, and it is the foundation of an academic integrity initiative at the college. This initiative traces its roots to 2006 when members of the Smeal community began working together to establish a code and related processes.

The initiative has grown in the years since to include the whole Smeal community in an effort to bolster a culture of professional integrity and ethical behavior.

Students will learn about Smeal’s commitment to honor and integrity throughout the first week of their classes. They, along with Smeal faculty and staff, are asked to sign the honor code in the second week of the semester.

The code reads: “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 to this standard in our future careers.”

About Integrity at Smeal
Integrity and ethical behavior are fundamental to the Smeal College of Business culture. These values underscore who we are and what we do as a leading business school community, both in and out of the classroom. The college's foundation of honor and integrity lies in the honor code, drafted in partnership with MBA students in 2006 and adopted by undergraduates in 2007. Integrity and ethical behavior are infused into courses across the Smeal curriculum, and the G. Albert Shoemaker Program in Business Ethics supports ethics lectures and related scholarly research. For more information on integrity at Smeal, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/integrity.

Contacts: 

Jennifer Eury, Director of Honor and Integrity

Work Phone: 
814-867-5106

Jennifer Eury is the director of honor and integrity for Smeal and an instructor in management.

Last Updated August 29, 2014