University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics

Stories about ethical issues at universities make headlines each day. From sexual violence to racial conflict, from the remedy of adjuncts to cheating, students, professors, and administrators face countless ethical trials. And yet, very few resources exist to lend a hand universities in developing an ethical culture. University Ethics addresses this challenge. Each and every chapter studies a facet of university life—including athletics, gender, faculty accountability, and more—highlights the ethical hotspots, explains why they occur, and proposes best practices.

Professional ethics are a key component of training for a large number of other fields, such as business management, medicine, law, and journalism, but there is not any prescribed course of study for the academy. Professors and administrators don’t seem to be trained in standards for evaluating papers, colleagues, boundaries, or contracts. University Ethics not only examines the ethical problems that colleges face one after the other but proposes creating an integrated culture of ethics university-wide that fosters the institution’s mission and community. In an environment plagued by university scandals, University Ethics is very important reading for somebody connected to higher education today.

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