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Ethics Spotlight: COVID-19

In our current Ethics Spotlight, Ethics Center staff and scholars offer analysis about the Novel Coronavirus outbreak and its ethical dilemmas.

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Like Birds, Ethical Issues Are Everywhere...

...often difficult to spot, but noticed by those in search of them.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University exists to help people see, understand, and work through ethical problems.

As an introduction to thinking ethically, we have created a framework for ethical decision making.

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Voting for Ethics

A How-to Guide for Voters

“Voting for Ethics” is a non-partisan, how-to guide for U.S. voters. It will help you identify the hallmarks of an ethical candidate and make a more informed decision -- whether for your local school board or the 2020 presidential election.

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Ethical Perspectives

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Communication in the Time of COVID-19: Some Reflections on Ethics

Out of the outbreak of COVID-19 have come, among other challenges, many ethical dilemmas around communication.

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Reflections in a Time of Quarantine

Quarantine allows each of us time to self-reflect and try to be the person we want to be.

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Weighing Values in the Midst of a Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has revealed competing moral claims: maintaining a strong economy or preserving the lives of our residents. Ethics calls for protecting people’s health first and foremost.

    Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

    This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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    Center News

    Two New Articles Highlight Ethical Issues in the Pandemic

    Public health justice for populations in need, and leadership ethics in times of crisis, are explored.

    New Voting for Ethics Guide

    A roadmap on how to identify ethical candidates and make informed decisions in elections.

    Go AllIn for Ethics March 4th!

    Thank you for supporting the Ethics Center on SCU Giving Day 2020.

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      Evaluating Culture for Ethics

      Our Culture Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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      Media Commentary

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      Coronavirus Proves Inequality is a Public Health Threat

      Ann Mongoven, associate director of Healthcare Ethics, featured in The Mercury News.

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      The COVID-19 Coronavirus Is Now A Pandemic - Can We Ethically Deal With Lockdowns?

      Margaret McLean, associate director and director of Bioethics, quoted in Forbes.

      Teller County Sheriff Runs Several Businesses on the Side While Serving as Elected Sheriff

      Joan Harrington, director of Social Sector Ethics, quoted in Colorado Springs Independent.