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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

How do people and organizations inspire trust?

They make choices based on justifiable standards. They take others into account in their decisions. And then they do what they say they will do.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics helps people make the kind of choices that inspire trust.  In our focus areas - bioethics, business ethics, campus ethics, character education, government ethics, Internet ethics, leadership ethics, and nonprofit ethics - we work with scholars and professionals to apply ethical ideas to the very real problems people encounter. We examine the obstacles to ethical action in many areas of our lives and develop tools to help people perform at their best.


All About Ethics Blog

  • Smile

    Being Nice vs. Being Kind

    Are they the same?

    The ethical difference between being nice and being kind.

  • students

    BroncoHack 2016

    A hackathon organized by SCU's OMIS Student Network

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics was proud to co-sponsor BroncoHack for the second year in a row!

  • Stone

    The Right to Be Forgotten, The Privilege to Be Remembered

    Do we want our obscurity?

    Do we want to be identified and remembered online? That depends: by whom, and for what purpose?


    Recent work in ethics

    • Developing Trust in the Media

      During a two-day design sprint, The Trust Project and the Society for News Design developed prototype tools that surface indicators of quality in journalism.

      Center News

      Hackworth Applications Open to SCU Juniors

      The goal of the Hackworth Fellows program is for Fellows to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers

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      Ethics Center Receives Record Donations

      Thanks to our generous donors on SCU's Day of Giving. Donations help support our programs and promote ethical decision making in all aspects of life.

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      BroncoHack 2016

      Can You Hack it?

      On April 16-17, the third annual BroncoHack hackathon will see as many as 200 students from a half-dozen area colleges and universities “code it out” over 24 hours to win prizes.

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