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September 2012

Butt Chugging and Binge Drinking Raise Questions of Personal Responsibility

Should the Minimum Drinking Age be lowered from 21? The latest demonstration of irresponsible student behavior on college campuses is “Butt Chugging.” Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. For the sake of transparency, I need to define it, explain why it is done (Can there be a valid reason?),... Read more →

Should Students be permitted to Carry Guns on College Campuses?

Students Packing: iPhone 5; Apple iPad; Apple MacBook Air; and a Gun The Wall Street Journal reports that at more college campuses across the country, students are winning the right to pack a gun. Many colleges have long been allowed to make their own decisions about whether students can carry... Read more →

Are Ethics Courses Failing to Produce Ethical Business People?

What is the Goal of Business Ethics Education? As a professor who teaches ethics routinely in my Accounting classes, I was intrigued to read an article by Ray Fisman, a professor at Columbia Business School, and Adam Galinsky, a professor at Northwestern University, about why ethics courses fall short in... Read more →

UBS $104 Million Whistle-blower Award Raises Ethical Issues

Motivation and Role in the Wrongdoing are Key to the Ethics of Whistle-blowing Whistle-blowing creates ethical issues because the motivation and intention of blowing the whistle is the key to whether it is a courageous act or one undertaken for self-enrichment purposes. The case of Bradley Birkenfeld is a case... Read more →

Cyber ethics education

Teaching Young People about Cybercrime In a recent Workplace Ethics blog I addressed the issue of cybercrime and how it affects us on a personal level and in business organizations. The purpose this blog is to look at the causes of cybercrime amongst our youngsters and cyber ethics education to... Read more →

Catch Me if you Can

The Harvard Fraudster Perhaps you remember the Steven Spielberg movie, Catch Me if you Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, that told the story of Frank Abagnale, known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, imposter, and escape artist. He became notorious in the 1960s for passing $2.5 million... Read more →

The Role of Ethics in Religion

Can we be Ethical without being Religious? A longstanding debate has been whether ethics plays a role in religion. Most religions have an ethical component. Ethics, which is a major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right... Read more →