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Cultivating Character

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It takes a certain kind of character to be a Yellow Jacket.

Every day presents new challenges and new opportunities to stand up for what is right. We will own our mistakes, learn from them, and always seek ways to improve. Georgia Tech will grow and evolve, but our commitment to cultivating character and preserving the public trust remains at the core of what it means to be a Yellow Jacket.

Apr. 23, 2019 Update—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!)


Our Core Values

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

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I extend courtesy to everyone and promote a culture of inclusion, fairness, and equity.

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I am a global citizen and celebrate our collective achievements and contributions to the world around us.

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I take ownership of my actions and value the responsibility to honor public trust.

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I embrace change as a path to progress, success, and innovation.



Expected Behaviors

At Georgia Tech, we strive to build a culture that encourages and leverages innovation, entrepreneurship, diversity, and excellence in a global context. In doing so, individuals and groups are expected to exhibit the following ethical values and 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?”


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Thoughts? We welcome your feedback!

The Year Ahead: Ethics at Georgia Tech

On Feb. 19, 2019, Georgia Tech's leadership discussed the latest initiatives designed to build a culture of community, transparency, and integrity.

Ethical Leadership: A Shared Commitment

On Nov. 6, 2018, the Georgia Tech community was invited to hear from Institute leadership on fostering a campus culture of ethics and integrity in order to preserve the public trust.

Connect with Us

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Ethics Resources

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


Ethics Contact

If you have ethics-related questions, contact:

Aisha Oliver-Staley

Ling-Ling Nie
Vice President, Ethics and Compliance

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