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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Campus Ethics

At the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics we welcome SCU students, faculty, and staff into conversation about the critical issues of our time, and we support the personal and academic exploration of ethics.

We are dedicated to helping everyone in the campus community address the choices that shape their personal character and lead to lives of value. Research grants, fellowships, internships, and events highlight our offerings, which include peer-led programs for students and a community of scholars for faculty and staff.

Programs for Students

SCU students engage their classmates in exploring ethical issues on campus and in the larger world.  Fellowships, internships, and research grants are program highlights.

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Programs for Faculty and Staff

More than 80 affiliated scholars work with the Ethics Center on events and projects. Grants are available for research and teaching in applied ethics.

Learn About Ethics Programs for SCU Faculty and Staff

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Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Generative AI (i.e. ChatGPT) on Campus

ChatGPT has changed the way that the average person uses the internet.

The Campus Ethics team, a group of Hackworth Fellows from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, study this dilemma, providing a guide for students to help them use ChatGPT ethically. 

Access Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Generative AI

2023 Student Project Showcase

Featuring students from the 2022-23 Ethics Center Business Ethics Internship, Environmental Ethics Fellowship, Government Ethics Fellowship, and Hackworth Fellowship.

The Ethics Center’s 2023 Student Project Showcase highlighted the ethics-focused initiatives implemented by fellows and interns through these four Ethics Center student programs during the 2022-23 academic year.

Each student presented a brief overview of their year-long, ethics-focused projects and internship placements.

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Featured Student Program

Environmental Ethics Fellowship

The Fellowship in Environmental Ethics is awarded to outstanding Santa Clara University undergraduates to support a project that examines the ethical implications of an environmental topic. The fellowship is supported by gifts from John and Joan Casey, and Mary Ganahl.

Learn About the Environmental Ethics Fellowship

The Big Q

In this podcast students inquire about programs on campus that support diversity, equity and inclusion.

Podcast explores notification to students about student resources at Santa Clara University.

The Big Q: When will Santa Clara University's Recreational Sports Program Reopen?  A discussion with Janice DeMonsi, director of recreation.

In this podcast students inquire about the return of Recreational Sports to campus.

Exploring SCU's COVID-19 Response A Discussion With Craig Stevens, PhD, Sanfilippo Professor, Biology Department and Public Health Program

In this Podcast students explore the COVID-19 response at Santa Clara University.

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Navigate here to Ethics Articles

Articles on ethics covering many fields/disciplines, including diversity, internet ethics, sports ethics, and other topics.

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Navigate here to Ethics Cases

Case studies pertaining to ethical issues in various fields.

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Navigate here to Ethics Curricula

Curricula include lesson plans and course modules for middle, high school, and college students, as well as online courses, webinars, and curricula resources.

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Free Speech and Civil Discourse

For the 2017-18 academic year, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics focused on the theme of freedom of speech and civil discourse. We explored the theme through public events, the work of a team of undergraduate fellows, and the provision of educational materials about key, contested ethical issues related to the theme.

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Featured Program

Marketing and Communications Internship

The Ethics Center works with SCU students through many of its programs, internships, and fellowships to help them grow independently within their respective fields. Marketing and Communications Interns are engaged in all aspects of the many communication channels that support the work of the Ethics Center from website content management, social media, newsletter publishing, virtual events and creation of visual assets.

Learn About the Marketing and Communications Internship

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