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Do you know a Penn State student who stood up for what is right?

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.

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 pitfalls and benefits of speaking out
  • Knowledge of the culture, language, and ideals in which ethical norms are embedded
We at the Rock Ethics Institute are extremely proud that one need not look very far to find examples of such courage and conviction among the undergraduate students at Penn State. Community involvement, activism, and philanthropy are clearly alive and well on all of our campuses across the Commonwealth. Because of this, it is especially impressive when a student stands out by standing up in a way that involves:

  • Articulating the particular ethical values and principles that are most relevant to the situation
  • Assessing where really substantive agreements and disagreements occur
  • Modeling productive ways of addressing disagreements

What can you do?