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Student Affairs

Ethical & Civic Responsibility

In general, to be ethical means to act in a principled and honorable way. To have a sense of civic responsibility is to be an active citizen, to be knowledgeable about public affairs, to vote in elections and to be involved in your community.

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At SDSU, ethical and civic responsibility means engaging in behavior and making choices that:

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Become involved in campus activities that are important to you.

  • Reflect the core values of our university and uphold the highest standards for honesty in your academic work and respect for others in your personal interactions with your peers and members of your community
  • Are consistent with the policies and norms of the campus community for your interactions with others
  • Give consideration to how your actions impact others and their consequences for yourself and others
  • Contribute positively to the campus and broader community
  • Promote academic and personal growth of self and others
  • Help you become a knowledgeable and active citizen

Activities that engage your thinking about Ethical and Civic Responsibility enable you to:

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Associated Students' Green Love Initiative and annual GreenFest activities inspire social and environmental responsibility.

  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Explore and identify your personal ethics and values
  • Understand concepts related to moral development
  • Explore concepts relevant to your work life after you graduate
  • Understand important policies relevant to your success at SDSU
  • See and understand issues from different perspectives

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The Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs fosters an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect, encourages independent civic responsibility and core academic values, and promotes the individual development and welfare of all students.

Did You Know?

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Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and to contribute positively to student and university life. Read more about Standards for Student Conduct at SDSU.


Each year, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships allocates a portion of Federal Work Study funds to provide community service opportunities to eligible students to work as reading or math tutors in select elementary schools.

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