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Georgia Tech’s five core values are the lenses through which we must view each scenario we encounter on campus. Making these values a priority by putting Ethics First, whether as a student or employee, ensures that our actions always reflect positively on Georgia Tech. Putting Ethics First solidly demonstrates that we remain committed to preserving the public trust in all that we do.

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Our Core Values


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I achieve excellence by embodying the highest ethical standards and communicating openly, authentically, and with humility.

Expected Behaviors

  • We do what is right in every situation, no matter the consequence.
  • We are sincere and truthful in our interactions.
  • We conduct ourselves professionally and lead by example.
  • We take time to consider our decisions and actions, always asking ourselves not just “Can we do it?” but “Should
  • We do it?”
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I extend courtesy to everyone and promote a culture of inclusion, fairness, and equity.

Expected Behaviors

  • We treat each other with dignity, courtesy, and respect.
  • We give credit where credit is due.
  • We promote a culture where everyone feels welcome and included without the fear of favoritism or exclusion.
  • We treat each other with fairness and impartiality.
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I am a global citizen and celebrate our collective achievements and contributions to the world around us.

Expected Behaviors

  • We work together to maintain a safe and healthy campus where we live, learn, and work.
  • We collaborate, share knowledge, and celebrate our collective achievements.
  • We value diversity, including the unique ideas, cultures, perspectives, and experiences that everyone contributes.
  • We look out for and support one another.
  • We act with empathy and kindness to others.
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I take ownership of my actions and value the responsibility to honor public trust.

Expected Behaviors

  • We take responsibility for our actions, decisions, and the results.
  • We practice good stewardship of our resources, managing them prudently and ethically.
  • We recognize and appreciate that we are part of a larger community and value the responsibility to honor the public trust.
  • We strive to do our best in every situation.
  • We follow through on our commitments.
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I embrace change as a path to progress, success, and innovation.

Expected Behaviors

  • We embrace change that enables progress and innovation.
  • We challenge the status quo and speak up when we find a better way to do something.
  • We persevere in the face of adversity.
  • We unlock our full potential by continuously expanding our knowledge, skills, and capabilities and sharing what we learn with others.

Latest Updates

Apr. 23, 2019

The results from the Ethical Culture Indicator survey, conducted by the BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of North Georgia last September 2018, are now available at Georgia Tech’s response begins on page 162. (Note the PDF is more than 500 pages long, so think before you print!)



Ethics Resources

Georgia Tech offers many resources to help you understand our ethics policies and procedures:



Ethics Contact

Aisha Oliver-Staley

Aisha Oliver-Staley
Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Questions about conflicts of interest in business transactions can be sent to



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