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        Student Center for the Public Trust

        Alfonzo Alexander presenting at the inaugurationThe Student Center for Public Trust (SCPT) has 48 chapters in 24 states and consists of students that show dedication to ethical leadership. This organization focuses on the importance of not only ethical leadership but also the necessity for accountability, integrity, and trust across all avenues of business. Student chapters have resources, mentors, and networking opportunities available through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Center for Public Trust.

        The Auburn SCPT (sponsored by the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures) meets twice a semester and emphasizes realistic learning with prominent guest speakers.

        The most notable benefits of membership include:

        • Obtaining unique skills, setting yourself apart as an ethical leader, and differentiating yourself from other potential job candidates
        • Having the opportunity to participate in training sessions, community service projects, conferences, and a unique ethical leadership certification
        • Interacting and networking with faculty, local leaders, and various executives 

        A Note from the Director

        “This student organization sponsors two speakers each semester for all Harbert students, attracting hundreds of student attendees. Faculty teaching resources on ethical leadership include cases, behavioral simulations, and debate issues. The Center supports and encourages academic publishing and trade articles on issues related to ethical leadership," said Auburn SCPT chapter advisor Dr. O.C. Ferrell, the James T. Pursell, Sr. Eminent Scholar in Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures.

        SCPT Officers

        • Audrey Poorman, President
        • Josh Smalley, Vice President
        • Amber Crosby, Secretary
        • Maddy Bondon, Treasurer

        Contact Information and How to Join

        The Auburn SCPT is actively planning upcoming events and looking for any student interested in ethical leadership. To become a member, contact the Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures ( or search "Auburn SCPT" on AUInvolve.


        • Nicole Sherwin | Athletic Compliance & Student-Athlete Advocacy

          On Thursday, April 7th, the Student Center for the Public Trust welcomed Nicole Sherwin as a guest speaker during the last meeting of the spring semester for an audience of 200 students and faculty members. Nicole is the Director of Compliance for Auburn University and a former Division 1 soccer player at Northern Arizona University. While there, she served as President of the NAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), President of the Big Sky Conference SAAC, and NCAA National SAAC Representative through which she was able to represent student-athletes. This gave her a behind-the-scenes look at how rules were determined and implemented along with their intent. Through her involvement with the committee, Nicole decided that she ultimately wanted to pursue a career in athletics which led her to her current position at Auburn University.

          To kick-start the meeting, Nicole discussed the importance of compliance and its demanding nature within the Athletics Department. For example, the department must comply with and educate its constituents about rules and regulations associated with the NCAA, the SEC, and Auburn University. Nicole also mentioned that the department has tens of thousands of constituents consisting of boosters, student-athletes, staff, recruits, and community members. Because of this large number, Nicole stressed that compliance is a collective effort and the importance for their constituents to remain compliant and ethical, as it is hard to be everywhere at once.

          Nicole also talked about the concept of name, image, and likeness (NIL). NIL policies govern the activities of student-athletes in pursuing compensation for their name, image, and likeness. In the past, student-athletes could not use their NIL to promote any product, company, or commercial entity without violating NCAA amateurism rules. At the time, the NCAA felt that athletes shouldn’t be able to profit off their NIL. However, this rule has since been retracted, and the NCAA no longer has bylaws restricting NIL as long as the university follows state laws. This opens up new territory as many states do not have laws regulating or restricting NIL deals, including Alabama. Now, students are able to strike deals and profit from sponsorships. This could have significant implications for athletes’ school choices, transfer opportunities, and more. Some believe this shift will lead to students entering the transfer portal in the hope of making more money through NIL, which could be used as a recruiting tool to lure student-athletes. The NCAA will continue to review NIL policies and how they affect student-athletes.

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