Setting an Example: Honesty and Integrity Top of Mind for
MBA Students during Honor Code Campaign
Graduate students from the University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business publically pledged their commitment to honesty and integrity during the Honor Code Committee’s first ever “We Pledge” campaign, an event held in October designed to promote public awareness of the integrity of the Bauer MBA.
The Honor Code Committee, a newly formed group, invited MBA students to sign the We Pledge banner which bears the group’s motto, “Honesty and Integrity: It’s how we earn our MBA.” Both the formation of the committee and the idea for the campaign were a student-led effort.
Chairman of the “We Pledge” campaign Adriana Moreno, who plans to earn her MBA in December, shared her personal motivations for launching the campaign.
“The Bauer MBA is worth a lot, and we want to keep it that way,” Moreno said. “We want to make sure that it is pursued in the right way and that it continues to hold its value long after we leave.”
“With so much in the media concerning unethical behavior, there’s never been a better time to promote our honor code,” she added. “As future executives, we should focus on practicing values like honesty and integrity while we are still in school so we can then take them forward into leadership roles.”
Marketing professor Betsy Gelb, who earned her MBA from Bauer, spoke on behalf of her fellow graduate professors and commended the committee’s efforts. Rarely, she said, does it even cross her mind to wonder whether her students are doing the ethical thing.
As an expression of her trust, she left two of her students to take a mid-term exam in her office while she attended the Honor Code event. She had no doubt that they would behave honorably in her absence, and that she said, is her expectation for all of her students.
“This is not about something new, different or a higher standard. This is simply about articulating a standard that has been there all along,” Gelb said.
“This effort says a lot about our students and about our college. We are proud of the people who chose to make a stand and who will continue to carry the effort forward.”
Close to 200 students and professors have signed the “We Pledge” banner, which will hang in Melcher Hall.
By Lori Reichardt