Integrity Champion lapel pin designProgram Description:

The University of North Texas Integrity Champion Award not only celebrates the recipients for their commitment to integrity but also serves as an inspiration for others to prioritize ethical behavior in all aspects of their professional lives. Through this program, UNT strives to foster a culture where integrity is not only valued but actively practiced, contributing to the overall excellence and reputation of the institution.

The University of North Texas (UNT) Integrity Champion Program is designed to recognize individuals within the UNT community who consistently demonstrate exemplary levels of integrity throughout the year. The initiative aims to inspire and incentivize others to follow shining examples by making choices that align with the highest ethical standards.

Definition of an Integrity Champion:

An Integrity Champion is someone who consistently exemplifies integrity at every opportunity, making ethical choices even when facing challenging circumstances. This includes ensuring compliance with University policies, completing required trainings, seeking guidance from oversight areas of compliance (such as Purchasing, Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Research, etc.), encouraging their peers to make ethical decisions, identifying abnormal situations and alerting their supervisors, and actively assisting others in knowing where to report concerns. Integrity Champions go above and beyond by creating opportunities for compliance functions to share information, promoting awareness through initiatives like hanging Trust Line posters, and actively engaging in activities that foster a culture of integrity.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any active staff or faculty employee of the University of North Texas Denton and Frisco campuses, who is not a staff member of the University Integrity & Compliance Office, is eligible for nomination. Eligible nominees are chosen by the University Integrity & Compliance staff based on nominations, with new champions announced each semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Must not be in any formal disciplinary action.

Must not have been awarded any other compliance award in the same calendar year.

Must be in a retirement‐eligible staff position for six consecutive months.

OR

A full-time professional or tenure-track/tenured faculty member in good standing for six consecutive months at the time of the nomination.

Nominations:

Nominations can be made through the web-form on the University Integrity and Compliance website. Persons who were nominated, but not awarded the Soaring Integrity Award will be automatically entered and reviewed for nomination in the year the Award was given.

Nominees will be considered for an award for one full academic year (Fall, Summer, Spring) from the semester they were nominated.

Example: If someone is nominated at the end of a semester (Spring) and the nominees had already been chosen for that semester, that person will be considered for Summer, Fall, and Next Spring.

Awards:

Winners of the Integrity Champion Award will receive:

  1. An announcement in the Faculty/Staff Newsletter, NT Daily, and on the UNT University Integrity & Compliance Website, acknowledging their outstanding commitment to integrity.
  2. Two $15 Vouchers, courtesy of the University Integrity & Compliance Office, to enjoy at UNT Union Retail Locations – (Chick Fil A, Burger King, Starbucks, Corner Store, Jamba Juice, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Krispy Krunchy, Food Court, and Satellite Locations – General Academic Building and Einstein Brothers Bagels, and Frisco retail locations).
  3. An exclusive Integrity Champion lapel pin and lanyard for the year in which they were chosen, symbolizing their ongoing dedication to upholding the highest ethical standards.