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The Big Q

My roommate is loud when I'm trying to study. The person sitting next to me in my final was checking answers on her cell phone. The guy who took me to this party is too drunk to drive me home. Students confront ethical issues every day.

The Center's Big Q project provides a safe space--both online and on campus--for students to talk about these issues.  Using social platforms like this blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Yik Yak, we get the conversation started.  We also sponsor panel discussions, poetry slams, and other events to delve into the big questions students are asking.


Recent Blog Posts

  • Cemetery

    Composting Corpses

    A New Ecological Approach to Death

    The Big Q and SCU's Ethics Bowl Team discuss a new ecological approach to death.

  • Three Ethical Issues for College Students in 2016

    The presidential election, student debt, and race issues on campus

    Here are the Big Q's predictions for ethical issues we'll be facing in 2016.

  • Job Search Ethics

    Find Work With Integrity

    The Big Q offers an FAQ on the ethics of searching for work including resume inflation, interview fairness, and accepting offers.

  • The Drinking Age: The Ethics Behind Change

    Should we lower the drinking age? If so, what are the ethical implications of such change?

  • Eating Disorders: When to Step In

    A brief overview of eating disorders on college campuses and when friends should step in and intervene.

  • Fast Friends: Rushing Intimate Relationships

    The promise of new friendships at college is exciting, but be careful not to rush into oversharing.

  • students gossiping

    Five Ethical Dilemmas Freshmen Face

    A discussion of a few key ethical issues that freshmen face in the first year: fitting in, choosing a major, roommates, hookup culture, and partying.

  • Waitlists and VIPs

    Can you extend the benefits of your student government position to your friends? When does it go too far?

  • You Don't Say That

    Does the unconscious use of derogatory terms contribute to harmful stereotypes or does everyone understand that they don't really mean anything?

  • A Cog in a Machine

    Is it ethical to treat employees as a cog in a machine, or a means instead of an end?