Liberal Arts Ethics and Integrity Award

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General Information

This award provides recognition to employees who demonstrate show ethical awareness and ethical decision-making, and demonstrates an on-going commitment to the Penn State Values of integrity, respect, and responsibility.

This can be demonstrated by acting with integrity and honesty with the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards; respecting the dignity of each person and foster a diverse and inclusive community; being accountable for their decisions, actions, and their consequences; and, inspiring others to aspire to the highest ethical standards. Examples of the Values-in-action can be found here: Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility.


The employee demonstrates a combination of the following:

    • Dedicated to demonstrating ethical awareness and ethical decision-making practices in the College and throughout the University
    • Serves as a role model and leads with integrity and honesty in accordance with the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards
    • Makes a commitment to respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse and inclusive Penn State community
    • Strives to act responsibly, and is accountable for their decisions, actions, and their consequences



Nominating Procedure  

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  The nomination shall consist of:

    • Nominator Information
    • Nominee Information
    • Two supporting letters, each letter not to exceed one page in length:
      1. One letter of support from the nominator
      2. One additional letter of support from nominee’s immediate supervisor     


Mini Statue + $750

Eligibility Requirements 

Standing and fixed-term, non-exempt, exempt, and technical service employees in the College of the Liberal Arts. 

    • Employed by the College for a minimum of 12 months as of the nomination deadline
    • Must be rated as a successful contributor or above per the performance evaluation metrics and has not had any disciplinary actions within the last 12 months
    • Past recipients of awards are eligible for nomination in the same category after three years unless otherwise specified within the award description

Wondering who to nominate? Sample questions to consider:

    • Who do others seek out when they need guidance on the "right" thing to do?
    • Who has demonstrated high ethical principles in contentious situations?
    • Who has demonstrated ethical awareness and decision-making?
    • Who have you witnessed making a difficult decision because it was the ethical thing to do?
    • Who wholes themselves accountable to mis-steps and continually works to improve?

Nominee Information

Nominator Information

Nominee Supervisor Information

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