The Stand Up Award was created in 2008 to honor undergraduate students who demonstrate the courage to stand behind a cause, idea, or belief as they exhibit ethical leadership on campus and in the community.
What is the Stand Up Award?
What do you need to Stand Up?
In the face of difficult challenges, social pressures, and conflicting claims concerning what to do, it takes courage and conviction to Stand Up for the beliefs that we hold dear. You can Stand Up if you have:
- Confidence, borne of solid understanding of the tools for ethical inquiry
- Experience that leads to understanding the possible consequences of speaking out
- Knowledge of ethical norms and values
- Articulating the particular ethical values and principles that are most relevant to an ethical situation
- Assessing where substantive agreements and disagreements occur in everyday life and actions
- Modeling productive ways of addressing disagreements
- Acting with ethical leadership
Can I nominate a Penn State Undergrad?
Does the nominee need to be full-time?
Yes, the nominee must be enrolled as a full-time baccalaureate student at any Penn State campus during at least one semester of the 2018/19 academic year.
How do I nominate a student?
What is required of the nominator during the application process?
- How do you know the student?
- How did you become aware of the student’s ethical leadership?
- What did the student accomplish?
- What is the ethical issue(s) that the student’s actions addressed?
- How did the student serve as an exemplar of ethical leadership?
What is required of the nominee during the application process?
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Rock Ethics Institute
The Rock Ethics Institute inaugurated the Stand Up Award to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. This award and the individuals it honors should remind the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.