Emory Integrity Project History

The Emory Integrity Project had its beginnings in 2011 when the John Templeton Foundation approached former Emory President James Wagner about submitting a proposal for a project designed to improve integrity in undergraduate education. Given that this was an express component of Emory’s vision and mission, the foundation felt that Emory University was well-positioned to develop and implement such a project. President Wagner responded by convening a select group of Emory University faculty and Campus Life staff to generate ideas and activities that would constitute the substance of the proposal.


Months of hard work followed, as the principles honed in on the core components of such a project and refined the essential elements of integrity in the context of undergraduate education. After numerous iterations of a proposal and several conversations with the foundation staff, the final version of the proposal settled on articulating integrity as a synthesis of three essential components, referred to as the 3-H model—honor, humility, and helpfulness. The 3-H structure is primarily a commitment to openness and truthfulness (honor); an awareness that one can be mistaken and therefore needs a relative openness to correction and learning (humility); and that integrity, as a virtue, demands action (helpfulness).