The primary mission of the Committee for Integrity Enhancement is to promote, within Muncie and Delaware County, high integrity and good character evidenced by ethical decisions based on strong values. The study of history, philosophy and religion reveals a consensus as to certain universal and timeless values essential to the ethical life.
These core values are:
- Honesty. Be truthful, sincere, forthright, straightforward, frank, and candid. Do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive, or act deviously.
- Integrity. Be principled, honorable, upright, courageous, and act on your convictions. Do not be two-faced, unscrupulous, or adopt an end-justifies-the-means philosophy that ignores principle.
- Promise-Keeping. Be worthy of trust, keep promises, fulfill commitments, abide by the spirit as well as the letter of an agreement. Do not interpret agreements in a technical or legalistic manner in order to rationalize noncompliance or create excuses for breaking commitments.
- Fidelity. Be faithful and loyal to family and friends, employers, and country. Do not use or disclose information learned in confidence. In a professional context, safeguard the ability to make independent judgments by avoiding undue influences and conflicts of interest.
- Fairness. Be fair, open-minded, and willing to admit error. When it is appropriate, change positions and beliefs. Demonstrate commitment to justice, the equal treatment of individuals, and tolerance for diversity. Do not overreach or take advantage of another’s mistakes or adversities.
- Caring for Others. Be caring, kind, and compassionate. Share and serve others. Help others in need and make every effort to avoid hurting others.
- Respect for Others. Demonstrate respect for human dignity, privacy and the right of all people to self-determination. Be courteous, prompt, and decent. Provide others with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own lives. Do not patronize, embarrass or demean.
- Responsible Citizenship. Obey laws, and if a law is unjust, openly protest it. Exercise all democratic rights and privileges responsibly by participation (voting, expressing informed views), social consciousness, and public service. When in a position of leadership or authority, openly respect and honor democratic processes of decision-making, avoid unnecessary secrecy and concealment of information, and insure that others have information needed to make intelligent choices and exercise their rights.
- Pursuit of Excellence. Pursue excellence in all matters. In meeting personal and professional responsibilities, be diligent, reliable, industrious, and committed. Perform all tasks to the best of your ability. Develop and maintain a high degree of competence, and be well-informed and well-prepared. Do not be content with mediocrity, but do not seek to win “at any cost”.
- Accountability. Be accountable. Accept responsibility for decisions and the foreseeable consequences of actions and inactions. Set an example for others. Parents, teachers, employers, professionals, and public officials have a special obligation to lead by example, to safeguard and advance the integrity and reputation of their families, companies, professions, and the government. Avoid even the appearance of impropriety and take whatever actions are necessary to correct or prevent inappropriate conduct of others.