Compliance & Ethics

Compliance & Ethics Video Contest Winner

The Office of Compliance would like to congratulate Kait Tracy, Colin Kirkman, Lora McDonald, and Shirley Sabo from the Anthropology Department for submitting the winning video for the Compliance and Ethics Video Contest. Guest appearances were also made by Agnes McIntosh, Peggy Barlett, Mirian Willis, and Jenny Mascaro. Click here to watch the video!

We would also like to thanks all of the Emory employees who participated in the contest.  There were some really great submissions!

Compliance & Ethics Essay Contest

Congratulations to Joseph Mackel for writing the winning essay for the Compliance and Ethics Essay Contest! We would also like to thank all of the Emory employees who participated in the contest. Every essay was thoughtful and inspired by individual ethical passion! Please see Mr. Mackel's essay below.

Winning Essay

At Emory we recognize that “education exerts a powerful force to enable and ennoble the individual, and that the privilege of education entails an obligation to use knowledge for the common good.” This principle in particular guides my engagement as a member of the Emory community because it distinguishes education as unique among the assets and privileges that many enjoy. In contrast to other advantages such as money, health, status and power, education is distinct in that its acquisition turns those with its advantages towards, instead of away from those who lack it. The wealthy and the influential are shielded from the difficulties of the poor and nameless. Greater prestige leads to greater distance from the most deprived. More education, however, makes an individual more aware of the plight of the less educated. The relationship between education and affluence is clear, but an ethically engaged university simultaneously enables its members to excel and inspires them to use their capabilities for the good of others.

The mechanism of this aspect of education originates in the desire for coherent knowledge and truth. As an individual examines any topic fully and honestly, she will find that beyond the easy or accepted explanation there is a more complete story. Often this more complete story will involve a situation out of line with justice and compassion. An ethical university community enlightens as well as burdens its students and researchers with this more comprehensive and accurate, though complex, view of the world. The economics of poverty, the literature of the oppressed and the suffering of the sick confront those who are bestowed with more complete knowledge. In its fullness, therefore a university education provides not only knowledge of individual topics, but also an accurate view of the world that compels the learner to use her knowledge to work towards the common good of all people. Maintaining this culture of education promotes an effective community of students, teachers and researchers who create and discover with a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable and deserving.