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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  Next Steps on an Academic Honor Code for SCU

    Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 9:57 AM

     Fourteen hundred SCU students responded to a survey this fall on attitudes toward the adoption of an honor code by Santa Clara University.  The majority supported a modified honor code, in which students are encouraged but not required to report violations.

    Just completed is a response period, in which a draft statement of the code and possibilities for implementation were posted on the Web.  More than 350 comments addressed the code and concerns about the current campus culture of academic integrity.  Students were disturbed about what they saw as a lack of due process and inconsistent sactions in the current system.  They weighed in on whether signing the code should be mandatory, and if so, how often students should be required to sign it.

    The effort so far has been led by Ethics Center Hackworth Fellow, Aven Satre-Meloy, an SCU senior, supported by Associated Student Government and other interested students.  The next step will bring students and faculty together to advance the process.

  •  Should Santa Clara University Adopt an Academic Honor Code?

    Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 10:00 AM
    Aven Satre-Meloy
    Aven Satre-Meloy

    Aven Satre-Meloy, Hackworth Fellow, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and Chief Justice, Associated Student Government, and members of the Student Honor Code Committee will update the SCU community February 7 on progress in drafting an academic honor code.  The meeting will take place at noon in the Weigand Center, Arts and Sciences Building.

    Last spring a majority of SCU students expressed an interest in adopting an academic honor code. This fall a student survey on implementing an honor code received an overwhelming and positive response, and provided many insights for what kind of honor code could work at SCU. At this event, the students leading the effort to have SCU adopt an honor code will present to campus the state of the drafting process of a proposed new code, a new disciplinary procedure, and a new faculty reporting process.

  •  Homelessness

    Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 4:48 PM

     The Center's Big Q project, an online dialog on ethics for undergraduates, is gearing up for Homelessness Awareness Week Jan. 28 with a new case study asking for student comments on how they might deal with a campus panhandler.  The best student comment will win a $100 Amazon gift card.


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  •  All Are Welcome: Results of a National Study of Undocumented College Students at Jesuit Universities

    Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    Cynthia Mertens, SCU professor of law, and Laura Nichols, SCU associate professor of sociology, have been involved for the last years with a national effort to understand and better address the experience of undocumented students at Jesuit universities. On Jan. 15, noon, in the Arts & Sciences Building, they will report on their findings -- with the assistance of Kristin Heyer, Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, who has written extensively on Catholic social ethics and immigration.


  •  Does Your School Have an Honor Code?

    Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    Do honor codes improve the academic integrity of a college campus?  That's the question this week on The Big Q, an online dialog for undergraduates about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.

    The question is a focus of the Center's work on campus this year.  SCU senior Aven Satre-Meloy, a Hackworth Fellow at the Center, has been working with his fellow students to develop a possible honor code for Santa Clara University.

  •  Pornography and Cheating

    Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    Julia, a college student, is concerned to learn that her boyfriend Ricky regularly checks out pornographic websites on his computer.  That's the premise in the newest case study from the Center's Big Q project, an online dialog for undergrads about the ethical issues in their everyday lives.  To Julia, it feels like Ricky is cheating on her.  Ricky says it means nothing.

    You can join the conversation online.  The best response from a student receives a $100 Amazon gift certificate.

  •  Honor Codes

    Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 4:18 PM

    Santa Clara University does not presently have an honor code although last year, Associated Student Government studied the issue, approved a draft code, and found that a majority of SCU undergraduates favored adopting an honor code.

    SCU senior and Center Hackworth Fellow Aven Satre-Meloy is building on what was accomplished last year. Please come to this meeting to review the draft text of the code, hear results of a survey of students undertaken this fall, and more.

  •  Virtues Embodied

    Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 3:58 PM
    Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse partners with a student to explore the virtue of compassion through movement.
    Campus Ethics Director David DeCosse partners with a student to explore the virtue of compassion through movement.

    If you were to show the virtue of compassion using only your body, what would that look like?  Mary Zieber, an SCU senior and Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center, explored that question with a group of students, faculty, and staff today.  Using guided improvisation, the group "embodied" sympathy, empathy, and compassion.  Zieber is a theater major whose fellowship concentrates on ethics and the arts.

  •  Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Sought

    Friday, Sep. 14, 2012 1:53 PM

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is looking to fill a new position: Assistant Director of Campus Ethics. 

    The assistant director shares in the core responsibilities of the Campus Ethics Program: creation and management of public events on campus; supervision of undergraduate fellows; management of a research grant program; and an assortment of related responsibilities with students, staff, and faculty across campus.

    We're looking for someone with at least a master's degree in ethics or a related subject.  Apply now.

  •  Academic Integrity

    Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    Getting college students to engage with the problem of cheating will be the focus of the Ethics Center's Big Q project for the next month.  A series of case studies illustrating common dilemmas that undergraduates encounter invite students to consider questions such as whether to tell on a classmate who is cheating and what effect cheating has on the character of the people involved.  Three $200 Amazon gift certificates will be awarded to the best undergraduate responses to the cases.  The Big Q's Facebook page will also offer polls on cheating as well as opportunities for further discussion. 

    At SCU, these materials will be integrated into sessions on academic integrity that are offered to every incoming freshman during orientation.  Students at other colleges and universities can also use the resources and are eligible for the contest.