Ethical conduct is one of the most meaningful ways you will build and sustain a credible professional reputation. When questionable choices are made, Duke students are often surprised just how well-networked professionals in industries and companies are, and that news of bad choices often travels fast.

Use these guidelines to understand expectations others have of you while searching for a job or internship. Should you have questions about the right thing to do in a given situation, please contact the Career Center. We are here to help clarify and explain, or to help you think through the best course of action in your specific circumstance. If you are in a pinch, always err on the side of caution.

Following the discovery that Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson was less-than-honest on his resume, the former New York Times columnist Randy Cohen ("The Ethicist") appeared on CNBC explaining that one's résumé "has to be an honest account of your professional life and your education." Cohen poses an interesting dilemma to those doing the hiring and review of employees. What should be the appropriate response? Lying on one's résumé is neither a felony nor a misdemeanor, and yet it cheats a number of consituencies from the time of the hiring process to many years later. Thompson was alleged to have embellished his official company biography by stating that he has a degree in computer science in addition to the one he earned in accounting at Stonehill College.