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Ethical Culture Initiatives

Penn State Values and Culture Survey 

ECI Research, a division of the independent nonprofit organization known as the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), conducted a confidential survey in October 2017 on behalf of The Pennsylvania State University. All students, faculty, staff, administrators, technical service employees, and postdoctoral scholars/fellows were invited to participate.

Results of the 2017 survey were released on May 30, 2018, and an executive summary of survey findings and a full report are available online. Full data tables reflecting all responses are also available, along with a summary of the survey methodology. All data are presented in a manner to ensure the anonymity of participants.

The survey helped us better understand the culture of the University and the values of the Penn State community. The results of the 2017 survey were the focus of a University Town Hall meeting on June 25, 2018.

For more information about the 2017 Values & Culture Survey, please see the following:

The next Values and Culture Survey is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2021.

    [email protected]: Ethics and Compliance Statements

    One crucial responsibility that every Penn State employee has is creating and maintaining a respectful and ethical workplace. This includes knowing and fulfilling one’s obligations under AD88: Code of Responsible Conduct and other ethics and compliance policies applicable to one’s position at the University. While employees are required to comply with laws and regulations applicable to one’s position, this is but one component of our larger commitment to a respectful and ethical workplace.

    Beginning in 2016-2017, [email protected] will include assessment of one’s compliance obligations and specific ethical workplace norms under each of the five competency areas. Additionally, there will be a year-end conversation about how the Penn State Values are incorporated and reflected in our work. For more specific information on these changes, including the specific statements added to [email protected], please see [email protected]: Ethics and Compliance Statements.


    Ethics Policies

    Two key new ethics policies are AD86 "Acceptance of Gifts and Entertainment" and AD88 "Code of Responsible Conduct." Additional ethics policy resources are available at the links below:


    An Emerging Leader in University Ethics

    Penn State “is at the forefront of an effort by Big Ten universities to put ethics at the center of everything they do,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. James F. Keenan, S.J., author of University Ethics: Why Colleges Need a Culture of Ethics, and organizer of a recent national conference on university ethics, told The Chronicle that “I was really astonished at how much entering into the ordinary day-to-day lives of people in secretarial positions, in a variety of different bubbles, they were doing,..Rarely is there a university-wide standard of ethics. That’s what Penn State seems to be after.”