All of the Ethics Center's materials on government ethics have now been sorted into a new system of categories that makes it easier for visitors to our Web site to find articles, videos, and podcasts on these areas:
In the wake of the recent contentious election, it's time for both sides to search for common ground. So Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, will argue at a program Dec. 13, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, sponsored by Catholic Professionals.
Do honor codes improve the academic integrity of a college campus? That's the question this week on The Big Q, an online dialog for undergraduates about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.
The question is a focus of the Center's work on campus this year. SCU senior Aven Satre-Meloy, a Hackworth Fellow at the Center, has been working with his fellow students to develop a possible honor code for Santa Clara University.
A group of SCU seniors, all Hackworth Business Ethics Fellows at the Center, are creating a set of business ethics cases based on the experiences of Santa Clara Alumni. As they explain in a letter to alumns, " We are seeking these cases in order to help SCU students, alums, and others working in business here in Silicon Valley and beyond to be the most ethical business persons they can be and to build a culture of ethics one good decision at a time wherever they work."
The cases will be featured on a new, dynamic website. "With this website," the students write, "we want to create a moral community of persons readier to do the right thing and to encourage their colleagues to do the right thing, too."
Cases will all be altered to protect the identities of the people involved. The students are happy to interview alums at their convenience in order to prepare the cases. Such an interview would take from a half-hour to 45 minutes and cover three questions: What was the ethical dilemma at the root of the case? Could you describe both sides of the dilemma -- that is, the different values pulling at you as you dealt with the case? And how did you resolve the case?
If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact the fellows at email@example.com.
Materials from a Character Education Workshop provide practical tools for meeting the challenges of successful parenting and offer strategies for fostering the moral development of children. The presentation, by Character Education Director Steve Johnson, offered tiips for communicating values as well as how to teach the coping and cooperation skills required for ethical behavior. A focus of the talk was how to raise ethical children in a technological age.
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Maintaining independence and avoiding conflicts of interest at the board level is a significant challenge, says Daniel Cooperman, Of Counsel with the Bingham McCutchen law firm. Cooperman served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Apple Inc. and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Oracle Corp. He is the immediate past President of the Association of General Counsels, served on the board of several software trade associations, is a director of emerging technology companies, and teaches at Stanford Law School.
In this four-part video conversation with Kirk Hanson, executive director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Cooperman details the duties and responsibilities of corporate board members to establish and protect their independence, and the importance of avoiding actual and perceived conflicts of interest. The two explore both the legal and ethical requirements of public board members in a complex and inter-related world.
Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery Sam Glasscock III spoke to the Center's Business and Organizational Ethics Partnership (BOEP) yesterday about the history and meaning of a chancery court and the kind of issues the court is currently hearing.
Other speakers at the BOEP's quarterly meeting included Joe Grundfest, former SEC commissioner and professor at Stanford Law School on "The Nexus of the Law and Ethics," and Bob Vanourek, former CEO of Sensormatic, on "Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations."
Hank Shea, a former Department of Justice Attorney who brings white collar felons to universities across the country, gave a presentation with David Logan, a former CEO and public official whom Shea prosecuted for bank fraud.
The BOEP meets quarterly to address emerging issues in business ethics. Contact Jim Balassone for more information.
Julia, a college student, is concerned to learn that her boyfriend Ricky regularly checks out pornographic websites on his computer. That's the premise in the newest case study from the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog for undergrads about the ethical issues in their everyday lives. To Julia, it feels like Ricky is cheating on her. Ricky says it means nothing.
You can join the conversation online. The best response from a student receives a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
Santa Clara University does not presently have an honor code although last year, Associated Student Government studied the issue, approved a draft code, and found that a majority of SCU undergraduates favored adopting an honor code.
SCU senior and Center Hackworth Fellow Aven Satre-Meloy is building on what was accomplished last year. Please come to this meeting to review the draft text of the code, hear results of a survey of students undertaken this fall, and more.