Values Emphasis Week

Northwood University’s Values Emphasis Week offers a formal, yearly opportunity for students, faculty and staff to reflect on moral and ethical values relating to their personal lives, involvement in the community, and their work in the world of business. It originated in 1979 with guidance from the ministerial staff at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland, Michigan. Guest speakers are invited to address these issues and share their experiences and expertise with the campus community.

The Northwood University community of students, faculty, and staff affirm this code of ethics as the behaviors that advance our shared values:

  • Freedom:
    We will exercise personal freedom while insuring others be immune from arbitrary interference on account of condition or circumstance, insuring that freedom will be constrained only by our responsibility for its consequences.
  • Respect:
    We will treat all others with consideration for their circumstances and with thoughtful regard for their value as human beings.
  • Empathy:
    We will endeavor to understand the feelings, thoughts and notions of others in order that compassion and fairness of our actions may result.
  • Spirituality:
    We will seek the spiritual development necessary for our happiness and growth and encourage an environment that supports this growth for all.
  • Honesty:
    We will embrace truthfulness, fairness, probity and demand the absence of fraud or deceit in ourselves and others with whom we act.
  • Achievement:
    We will exercise our skills to create high achievement and applaud the high achievement of others.
  • Integrity:
    In all our actions, we shall be guided by a code of behavior which reflects our values, unimpeded by circumstance, personal gain, public pressure or private temptation.
  • Responsibility:
    We will be accountable for the care and welfare of others and responsible for the intended and unintended consequences of our actions.


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