Ethics Matter

At GW, we conduct our activities with the highest standards of conduct in mind.

As members of the university community it is up to us to hold ourselves and others to a high ethical standard. At GW, we conduct our activities with the highest standards of conduct in mind.

The Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy can help you:

  1. Understand your responsibilities
  2. Find tools and support
  3. Make the right choices

Responsibilities

Integrity and Respect

The personal actions of each community member establishes and maintains a culture of tolerance, acceptance and respect of the rights and dignity of others regardless of their differences. 

Responsibility and Accountability

Hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions and our responsibilities appropriate to our positions and roles.

Speak Up and Report

Violations of ethical behavior, the law and/or university policies must be reported to the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy.

Stewardship

Be a responsible steward of university resources.

Protect Information

Use information management principles to protect university information.

Tools and Support

Make the Right Choice

When you have a difficult decision to make, ask yourself: 

Does the action comply with the law and/or university policies? Does the action align with the highest standards of conduct?

If you believe the answer to any of these questions is “no” or you are unsure, then ask for help by discussing with your supervisor or department head, or contact us for assistance, prior to making the decision.