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Code of Ethics and Vales

Code of Ethics and Values 

CGS has adopted this Code of Ethics and Values (hereinafter referred to as our Code) to (1) live out the mission espoused in our Constitution (2) and establish basic standards of ethical behavior for academic and professional life. A CGS representative is defined as any member of CGS acting in any capacity for the organization, including: Officers, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, Senators, Delegates, and appointed members. Every CGS representative is a signatory to the Code, which symbolizes a united pledge to abide by the Code's spirit and principles. The values enumerated in this Code represent ten equally-significant guiding ideals of the Organization, and delegates shall hold themselves and each other accountable for adherence to this Code. (This code is based on the work of the Santa Clara University’s Associated Student Government and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics).

As a CGS Representative, I value Honesty. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I express my genuine opinion on issues even if my view is unpopular.

  • I only make promises that I genuinely believe I can keep.

  • I disclose my affiliations with any organizations, friends, or groups that have substantial business with CGS.

  • I abstain or recuse myself from the decision-making process when I believe that I cannot exercise impartial judgment.

As a CGS Representative, I value Fairness. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I seek out diverse ideas and opinions and reserve judgment until I have all of the relevant information.

  • I treat all viewpoints with respect, even if I do not personally agree with them.

  • I only take credit for work that I have done and acknowledge everyone who assists me in accomplishing tasks.

  • I observe the established procedures detailed in the Constitution and Bylaws and demonstrate transparency in my decision-making process.

As a CGS Representative, I value Flexibility. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I am willing to re-evaluate a prior decision in light of unforeseen circumstances in order to uphold the fundamental mission of CGS.

  • I adapt my communication style to the situation, and to accommodate the concerns of persons involved.

As a CGS Representative, I value Responsibility. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I seek to maintain personal integrity and the integrity of the organization.

  •  I can clearly articulate how my decision will advance the Council’s core values.

  • I use CGS materials and resources solely for CGS-related activities.

  • I take ownership for the decisions I make or fail to make, the actions I take or fail to take, and the consequences that result.

  • I protect confidential information that has been entrusted to me.

As a CGS Representative, I value Communication. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I clearly convey messages and relay necessary information to fellow delegates and my constituents as soon as possible.

  • I ask clarifying questions if I disagree or do not understand.

  • I actively seek feedback from a diverse range of students and promote the mission and goals of the Council.

  • I only act on behalf of CGS or OSU when I am authorized specifically to do so.

As a CGS Representative, I value Responsiveness. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I am available to all students and fellow delegates and keep them informed on CGS projects and events.

  • I am ready to respond in a direct and respectful manner to issues that implicate the well-being, justice, and unity of our community.

As a CGS Representative, I value Cooperation. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I seek to work with others and divide responsibilities on tasks.

  • I encourage new ideas and share all relevant information with others.

  • I strive to reach a consensus that best serves the OSU community.

As a CGS Representative, I value Commitment. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I continue to pursue worthy goals, regardless of their difficulty.

  • I have a clear set of objectives, a general time-frame for accomplishment, and am willing to see difficult projects through to their completion.

  • I make every effort to recommend potential services when I am unable to fulfill a request.

As a CGS Representative, I value Professionalism. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I prepare for meetings by reading the necessary materials and arriving on time.

  • I make guests at meetings feel welcome, and devote my full attention to their presentations.

  • I speak respectfully, without profanity or sarcasm.

  • I approach directly those persons with whom I have a conflict or disagreement.

As a CGS Representative, I value Service. In practice, this value looks like:

  • I make a concerted effort to assist my peers in any capacity.

  • I focus on the needs of the greater student body, with consideration for my own position as a student within that body.

  • I understand my role as a CGS Representative is in service to the values articulated in our Constitution.