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Higher Education Ethics Watch

Are Colleges and Universities Serving the Public Good? We've all heard about it. Campus speakers get shouted down or prevented from speaking. Academic freedom is under attack. Students congregate in safe spaces to prevent violence against them for their politically incorrect views and colleges are becoming sanctuary campuses, all the... Read more →


Should Colleges Teach Civil Discourse?

Civility and Ethics Go Hand in Hand If you’re like me, you shake your head almost daily at the increasing number of instances of a lack of civil discourse on college campuses. Whether it’s preventing speakers from sharing their views, shouting them down to prevent others from hearing those views,... Read more →


Does Using Social Media Bring Happiness?

Seek Meaning, not Happiness, to Achieve a Well-Lived Life Wanting and valuing happiness is an important prerequisite to the pursuit of happiness. However, some studies indicate that while happiness can be a good thing, pursuing happiness might actually be bad for us. Psychologist Adam Grant suggests that some people look... Read more →


Is Using Social Media Good for or Harmful to Your Well-Being? 

The Psychological Effects of Using Social Media Research from Harvard University[1] suggests that sharing information about ourselves on social media fires up the pleasure centers of our brains and may shed light on the roots of social media addiction. Activities such as creating a personal blog, making a You Tube... Read more →


Culture of Cheating in College

Why Do Students Cheat Cheating in our schools has become commonplace. About 70 percent of high-school students reported they have cheated. Ninety percent admit to having copied student’s homework. The rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steady at somewhere around... Read more →


What Does it Mean to be a Person of "Good Will?"

A Basic Duty to Yourself and Others What does it mean to be a person of “good will” and why is it important? These are the questions I look at in today’s blog. An important part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ethics is the Categorical Imperative. The Categorical Imperative determines... Read more →


Should Marijuana Use Be Permitted? – A Legal Analysis

Marijuana Legalization at Historic Highs This is the first of a two-part series of blogs on marijuana use. Given that an increasing number of states now permit its use for both medical and recreational use, it is a good time to look at both the legal and ethical issues whether... Read more →


The Ethics of Kindness

Pay it Forward Not everyone associates ethics with kindness. We think of it as part of good manners or civility. Yet, treating others with kindness evokes The Golden Rule – to treat others the way you want to be treated. One example of how we can take tangible actions to... Read more →


What is the Role of Ethics in College Sports?

Can Civility be Brought Back to Sports? It’s March madness once again. Once a year college sports fans turn their attention to filling out brackets and selecting the winner of the NCAA championship. For what it’s worth I’m picking Duke. I recently read that Duke’s 2006 national player of the... Read more →


Beware of Posting Critical Comments About Your Employer on Facebook

What is Protected Activity? The National Labor Relations Act protects the rights of employees to act together to address conditions at work, with or without a union. This protection extends to certain work-related conversations conducted on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Employees who act together on workplace issues... Read more →