About the Program

The College of Business launched the Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) Program in 2006. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business has called it a model program. National and local companies provide guidance, financial support and guest lecturers to the program.

While every ethical dilemma is unique, you can evaluate each situation with the BELIEF handbook or wallet-sized decision card. Both outline a seven-step decision-making process and suggest a dozen different "tests" you can use to evaluate the ethics of various options.



Each year, you're invited to apply for a position in the BELIEF student organization, Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline (LEAD). Once chosen, LEAD members are the face of ethics education from the student perspective and provide an important link between student education, faculty instruction and corporate support. LEAD students, along with faculty, are an active part of corporate board meetings.

Faculty and course development activities help faculty use the Ethics Handbook in their classes. These activities provide support to faculty who integrate the BELIEF handbook and decision guide into their courses. Consistent reinforcement in upper-division course work is necessary for a thorough integration and application of the decision-making guide and handbook.

Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline (LEAD) alumni are those who have built on the foundation of BELIEF's student organization, LEAD. Alumni continue to aid the efforts of BELIEF by sharing their professional working perspective and offering new ideas, topics and ways to link student ethics with that of the current business profession. Alumni also continue to show support by sponsoring LEAD. This sponsorship serves as the foundation of the student group's budget, allowing the group to continue its reach and impact throughout the College of Business.

Our corporate partners provide their personal time, talent and treasure to sponsor the BELIEF Program. For example, corporate partners serve as judges in the NIU Ethics Case Competition, share their business and personal expertise and provide funding opportunities for special events and activities. The sponsorship commitment lasts three years with the possibility of renewal. Each corporate partner designates an individual to be the organizational liaison to the BELIEF director and serve on the BELIEF Corporate Advisory Board.

Contact Us

NIU College of Business
Barsema Hall
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Neil Doughty, Director, BELIEF

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