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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.
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.
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.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 10:24 AM
David Callahan, bestselling author of The Cheating Culture, gives a lecture for the Commonwealth Club Feb. 14, moderated by David DeCosse, campus ethics director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
Come hear how this epidemic of cheating threatens the level playing field so central to American democracy. The event, at 6 p.m., will be held at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor. Tickets are $7 for students, $20 for standard admission.
Monday, May. 9, 2011 11:43 AM
I Can't Get a C is a case study of a pre-med student who decides that it's okay to copy her Art History homework because she won't ever need that information in her professional life.
The case is one in a series on ethical issues for undergraduates, part of the Ethics Center's Big Q project. The Big Q engages students and the people who care about them in reflecting on the big questions college students face.
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