Ethical Decision-Making Framework

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Do you have a difficult decision to make?

Every day members of the NC State community face difficult decisions. The Office of General Counsel (OGC), Internal Audit Division (IAD), and the University Compliance & Integrity Manager (C&I Manager) are always resources for any questions or concerns.  When taking action, or observing someone else’s actions, consider the following…

Is it Legal?

»   No  →  Do not proceed. Contact the OGC for other options.

»   Not Sure  →  Ask for help. Contact OGC for assistance.

»   Yes… Ask Yourself:

Does it comply with NC State’s Policies, Regulations and Rules?

»   No  →  Do not proceed. Contact OGC or IAD for other options.

»   Not Sure  →  Ask for help. Contact OGC or IAD for assistance.

»   Yes… Ask Yourself:

Does it align with NC State’s values, mission, and culture?

»   No  →  Do not proceed. Contact OGC or the C&I Manager for other options.

»   Not Sure  →  Ask for help. Contact OGC or the C&I Manager for assistance.

»   Yes… Ask Yourself:

Would you feel comfortable if others knew about it or did it?

»   No  →  Do not proceed. Contact OGCIADor the C&I Manager for other options.

»   Not Sure  →  Ask for help. Contact OGC, IADor the C&I Manager for assistance.

»   Yes… Ask Yourself:

Could you defend your decision if it appeared in the news?

»   No  →  Do not proceed. Contact OGCIADor the C&I Manager for other options.

»   Not Sure  →  Ask for help. Contact OGCIADor the C&I Manager for assistance.

»   Yes

PROCEED. The decision to move forward appears appropriate.

THINK and DO…The Right Thing!