The Rock Ethics Institute created the Stand Up Award 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.
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What is the Stand Up Award?
The Rock Ethics Institute created the Stand Up Awards in 2008 to honor Penn State 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. This award and the individuals it honors serve as a reminder that doing the right thing is always the right thing.
What do you need to Stand Up?
In the face of difficult challenges, social pressures, and conflicting claims about what to do, it takes courage and conviction to Stand Up for the beliefs that we hold dear. You 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, and
- 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, and
- Acting with ethical leadership
Can I nominate a Penn State Undergrad?
Absolutely! Any faculty, staff, student, or community member may nominate a Penn State undergraduate student from any campus for the Stand Up Award.
Does the nominee need to be a full-time student?
Yes, the nominee must be enrolled as a full-time baccalaureate degree-seeking student at any Penn State campus during at least one semester of the 2019/20 academic year.
How do I nominate a student?
You can submit your nomination by completing the online nominating process found here. Both the nominee and the nominator can submit their information independently, and the other will be notified once the required materials are submitted.
What is required of the nominator during the application process?
Nominators must write a letter on behalf of the student. This letter should address the items listed below. Please be specific and provide relevant details for the Stand Up Award Committee to consider in its review 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?
The nominee must write a three-part essay of no more than 750 words describing what was accomplished, the ethical reasoning that led to this action, and how these actions involved ethical leadership. The nominee can find the editable essay form here.
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The Rock Ethics Institute created the Stand Up Awards in 2008 to honor Penn State 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.