In pursuit of our mission, vision, and values, the Culverhouse College of Business is dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of ethics and ethics education that complements the rigorous technical training in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our focus on ethics is consistent with the university’s Code of Academic Conduct. We take ethics and character seriously!

The College’s Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC)

The College’s Ethics Advisory Committee (EAC) helps to develop and oversee the college’s ethics program. The EAC works with the Dean, faculty, staff, students, and university’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility to implement existing ethics initiatives and seek innovative, proactive methods for promoting ethics and character development. Members of the 2017-2018 EAC include:

  • F. Todd DeZoort, Ph.D (Committee Chair); Durr-Fillauer Chair in Business Ethics & Professor of Accounting
  • Stephen F. Black, J.D.; Director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • George R. Franke, Ph.D; Reese Phifer Fellow in Marketing
  • William E. Jackson III, Ph.D; Smith Foundation Chair of Business Integrity & Professor of Management
  • Emmett Lodree, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Operations Management
  • Robert W. McLeod, Ph.D; John S. Bickley Faculty Fellow in Insurance and Finance
  • Jonathon Halbesleben, Ph.D.; Ex Officio Member and Senior Associate Dean
  • Ciara Duggins; Chief Justice, Academic Honor Council, Culverhouse College of Business

Personal Code of Ethics

The College has a Personal Code of Ethics (PCE) program that requires all students to consider and communicate their personal assortment of virtues, vices, and ethical priorities as they develop personally and professionally. The PCE is a critical part of the Ethics Program because it provides a formal opportunity for all students to develop personal standards of conduct that they can apply both in and out of class.

The J. Craig Smith Integrity Award

The J. Craig Smith Integrity Award recognizes outstanding students in the college who consistently exemplify the values of integrity and compassion that J. Craig Smith built in his business career and personal life. The students receiving this annual award exhibit strong character, clear signs of progressive ethical thinking, and a commitment to advancing the quality of life in the wider community, especially for those less fortunate.

  • 2015-2016 Winners: Kaitlyn Haefer, Grace Hudgins, Polly Rickets, Shirin Torabinejad
  • 2014-2015 Winners: Sarah Kim, Nathan Miklovic, Kendall Roden, Abby Snyder
  • 2013-2013 Winners: Hayley Ginn, David Hose, Erika McCalpine, John Pounders


The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE, is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and the premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. With approximately 75,000 members, the ACFE’s mission is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime around the world and assist the Membership in fraud detection and deterrence.

Chapter Officers & Advisor

Faculty Advisor – Dr. Todd DeZoort, CFE (

Chapter Email:

Membership Requirements

The only membership requirement for the chapter is that you join the ACFE as a student member and provide proof of membership. To join the ACFE, visit, select “Join the ACFE”, and complete the student member application. The dues for students are $25 and the application must be printed off and mailed. Our ACFE chapter has no GPA or attendance requirements, and you may send your proof of membership to our chapter email (listed above).

Membership Benefits

The primary benefits that you realize as a member of the ACFE are networking, résumé-building, and professional resources. Once you become a student member, the national office will supply you with information, magazines, and prep materials that can supplement your interest in the field or prepare you for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam. Employers are looking for students who are involved, so our organization provides you with a way of differentiating yourself from other qualified students. Most importantly, you will be able to connect with other members, as well as professors, who can help you establish a foundation for your career and future.

Meeting Schedule

October 29, 2017 – Richard Chambers – CEO and President, The Institute of Internal Auditors

Recent Guest Speakers

Aaron Beam, Former HealthSouth CFO
Alton Sizemore, Alton Sizemore & Associates
Chris Barbee, Partner and Global Forensics Services Leader, PwC
Emery Harris, Former HealthSouth Vice Controller
Walt Pavlo, Former MCI Senior Manager and author of “Stolen Without a Gun”
Weston Smith, Former HealthSouth CFO
Wayne Yesbick, Forensic Accountant at Draffin & Tucker

Courses of Interest

PHL 241 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Law
MGMT 341 Business Ethics
FI 341 Fundamentals of Risk Mgmt & Insurance
CJ 325 CyberCrime
CJ 381 Statistics
AC 334 Intro to Fraud and Ethics Risk Mgmt
AC 534 Advanced Fraud and Ethics Risk Mgmt
ST 532 Advanced Data Mining

Certificate in Ethics & Social Responsibility

The ACFE chapter at The University of Alabama encourages students to pursue excellence in Ethics and Social Responsibility. Students can achieve a Certificate in Ethics & Social Responsibility by meeting the certificate requirements.