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International Fraud Awareness Week

November 9 – 13, 2020

The University System of Georgia (USG) and Georgia Southern University are committed to an ethical culture. Ethics Awareness reminds employees of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. It also serves as a reminder of how we incorporate ethical decision-making in all we do and how we are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. Ethics Awareness brings awareness to ethics, reinforces the principles of recognizing the hard work of employees, and promotes our shared values.

View the USG Ethics Policy

Report Fraud, Waste or Abuse
by calling:

1-877-516-3445

or Report Online

Report hazing by calling the Hazing Hotline – 1-888-893-6554 or Learn More About Hazing

Report a Title IX or Equal Employment Incident

Events

All Week! Trivia Questions – Win prizes all week!

Each day, you will be entered in a drawing for a daily prize if you correctly answer the trivia questions or successfully complete the scavenger hunt.  

Participation in any Ethics Awareness Week event (trivia questions, scavenger hunt, round table discussions) will enter your name into a drawing for a Grand Prize at the end of the week. One Grand Prize will be awarded in each category – Staff, Students and Faculty. 

Monday, Nov. 9
Ethics Round Table Discussion – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, Nov. 12
Red Flag Photo

Friday, Nov. 13
Chancellor Steve Wrigley Round Table – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

There will be no trivia question on Friday, round table attendance will enter your name into the prize drawing.

Trivia Question

There will be no trivia question on Friday, Nov. 13. Please attend the Chancellor’s Round Table discussion to enter to win a prize.

Thursday’s Trivia Question

You stop by a colleague’s office to look for some information, but no one is in the office. You look on the desk for the file. How many red flags (warning signs of ethical violations) do you see in this photo? List each warning sign.

a desk with ethical red flags shown

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Did you find all these red flags in today’s photo?

  • Confidential information in a notebook open for anyone to see
  • Sticky note with computer password
  • List of student’s Eagle IDs and grades
  • No screen saver on the computer screen (not locked)
  • The candle is a safety hazard, especially when unattended
  • Medicine bottle on the desk
  • Shopping on Amazon
  • Watching a movie
  • Scentsy Consultant advertising

Wednesday’s Trivia Question

The answers to these trivia questions are available on the University website. Your goal is to answer the questions – and let us know where you found the answers! In this game, documentation of your answers is just as important as knowing the answers, so be sure to “show your work”!

Question:

Are faculty members allowed to require the use of self-authored textbooks and/or course materials in a course they teach?

Answer: Yes.  Textbook Policy on Digital Commons. 

Bonus question:

Is there a monetary limit on the financial benefit allowed to the faculty member for the sale of self-authored textbooks and/or course materials in a course they teach?

Answer: Faculty may not benefit financially from assigning their textbook(s) or course materials to students in their courses. Textbook Policy on Digital Commons.

Question:

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs. Violations of Title IX (or any type of discrimination) may be reported to your supervisor, a member of the administration, faculty member, or what office?

Answer: The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX 

Bonus question:  

Who is the Title IX Coordinator on campus?

Answer: Amber Culpepper  https://president.georgiasouthern.edu/eeo-titleix/equal-opportunity/complaints/

Tuesday’s Trivia Question

The University has defined Directory Information to include specific student information. Directory information is considered public information and will be released upon request. You receive a request from a local organization for a list of students who are majoring in Nursing; the list will be used to provide the students with a professional development opportunity. You checked – the information requested is all included in the definition of Directory Information. You run a report listing the requested information and send it to the local organization. Is this a violation of University Policy?

  • Yes
  • No

Answer: Yes. While the information released was not FERPA protected information, all requests for records must be sent to the University’s Custodian of Public Records in the Office of Legal Affairs. Requests should be submitted to Records@georgiasouthern.edu.

Monday’s Trivia Question

The USG Ethics Policy encourages the USG community to speak up when they see or suspect misconduct.  Methods of reporting unethical behavior or noncompliance with policies include (check all that apply):

  1. Discuss the situation with your supervisor.
  2. Make an anonymous report to the Ethics and Compliance Hotline.
  3. Report the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX.
  4. File a complaint with the Dean of Students Office.
  5. Confront the person directly with your accusation(s).

Answer: 1, 2, 3 and 4. Confronting the person directly with your accusations is not recommended. It may put yourself in a dangerous situation and will compromise any additional investigation. For more information, please see the USG Ethics Policy.

Featured Videos

Georgia Southern Ethics Week with President Kyle Marrero
Georgia Southern Ethics Week with Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence TaJuan Wilson
USG Ethics Awareness Week Kickoff
USG Ethics Awareness Week Presentation