It Comes Down to You​

Everyone makes hundreds of decisions every day, and ethical behavior starts with the criteria we use to make those decisions. When we make ethical choices, it means we can be confident in and proud of the actions we take.

As members of the Mason community, we all should be aware of the university policies and guidelines that help guide and govern our behavior. We're expected to be accountable for our actions, to act responsibly, and to avoid conflicts and behaviors that can damage how we see ourselves and how others see us.

Knowledge, accountability, and good-faith efforts are key.

Ethics violations can harm both Mason's reputation and the reputation of individual members of our community. Think before you speak, think before you act, and Mason Nation will be the stronger for it.

For questions about the ethical administration of an activity or operation at George Mason University, please contact:

Elizabeth Woodley
University Ethics Officer and Outside Interests Manager
117 Northeast Module II, MS 1A2

A bronze statue of Confucius on George Mason University Fairfax Campus

A bronze statue of Confucius was donated to George Mason University by the Confucian Academy of China. The Chinese philosopher is known as the first teacher in China who wanted to make education broadly available and who was instrumental in establishing teaching as a vocation. He believed that learning was not only the acquisition of knowledge but was also vital to building character, maintaining morality, and ensuring justice.