Pe­ter­son up­dates Tech on changes to im­prove ethics

Moves fol­low re­ports of ethics vi­o­la­tions by some high-level em­ploy­ees.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Eric Stir­gus es­tir­gus@ajc.com

Ge­or­gia Tech Pres­i­dent G.P. “Bud” Pe­ter­son in his an­nual ad­dress to stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty on Thurs­day talked about cre­at­ing a “cul­ture of ethics” on cam­pus in the wake of sev­eral re­cent re­ports that some high-rank­ing em­ploy­ees com­mit­ted ethics vi­o­la­tions.

Pe­ter­son said ad­min­is­tra­tors have re­vised some in­ter­nal poli­cies and are re­view­ing oth­ers to en­sure they’re con­sis­tent within the in­sti­tute and with poli­cies of the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia. He said some of the changes will con­tinue through­out the year and per­haps longer.

Pe­ter­son also en­cour­aged em­ploy­ees to com­plete an up­com­ing sur­vey by the Univer­sity of North Ge­or­gia’s BB&T Cen­ter for Eth­i­cal Lead­er­ship that will be used to de­ter­mine ad­di­tional im­prove­ments.

In re­cent weeks, state in­vesti- ga­tors and in­ter­nal au­di­tors have re­leased sev­eral re­ports that found some now-former Ge­or­gia Tech ad­min­is­tra­tors com­mit­ted vi­o­la­tions such as hav­ing a ven­dor pay for a football suite, be­ing a paid board mem­ber of a ven­dor re­ceiv­ing money for ser­vices at the in­sti­tute and fil­ing false time card in­for­ma­tion.

“We’ve had some folks do­ing some things they shouldn’t have done, and we’ve had some folks who’ve not done some things they should have done,” Pe­ter­son told an au­di­ence of about 400 peo­ple in a class­room on cam­pus. Some watched from over­flow rooms.

Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia Chan­cel­lor Steve Wrigley chas­tised Pe­ter­son last week in a let­ter, writ­ing “you are ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble.” Wrigley wrote that he wants an up­date from Pe­ter­son about ad­di­tional im­prove­ments by Nov. 12.

Tech Pres­i­dent G.P. “Bud” Pe­ter­son said some in­ter­nal poli­cies were re­vised.

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