An initial step in creating a code of ethics, or in any ethical practice endeavor by an organization, is to identify and define a set of values that represent the ethical ideals, mission, and vision of the organization.
In outlining values, it is important to include a definition of the value, to clarify the meaning for employees or organization members. It is also helpful to incorporate examples of the ways in which a value may be applied to the organization, in this case, the way the value may be practically enacted in student government.
On this site, we have defined and provided examples for 12 values that we find are particularly salient to student government conduct. They include:
These values provide a starting point for the exploration of values in student government.
For a larger glossary of values, explore the Ethics Research Center’s Definition of Values page, which provides an extensive list of values and their brief definitions.