Bryan’s House: #SummerofService

June 24 begins an exciting weekly profile from the Ethics Center targeting a Maguire Public Service Fellow who is dedicating time this summer to public service or ethical research. This week we’ll be visiting with undergraduate senior Claire Wilt who is volunteering with Bryan’s House, a non-profit caring for Dallas children diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and…

The Difference in Transparency and Disclosure from Allan Sloan of Fortune

On Wednesday at the Ethics, Trust and Transparency conference, Allan Sloan the Senior Editor at Large for Fortune will speak on a panel dealing with financial transparency. “There’s a huge difference between transparency and disclosure,” says Sloan. “Companies, especially companies doing business on Wall Street, make endless disclosures-but they’re not necessarily of any use to…

Trust is Key to Business Development, says Keynote Speaker Matthew Harrington

The state of trust today across all institutions, whether government, business, media or non-governmental is extremely fragile says Matthew Harrington, CEO and President of Edelman and keynote speaker at this week’s Trust, Ethics & Transparency conference. “In this environment it behooves any organization to make building trust a priority,” said Harrington, “because trust, the belief that…

Plagiarism is no big deal?

In one of the dumbest articles Stanley Fish has written, he argues in today’s New York Times blog that plagiarism is a professional transgression (that should be punished as such), but not an ethical one. Really? Lying (about authorship), cheating (like copying the answers from someone else’s exam), and stealing (the intellectual property of another)…

When Did Cheating Become An Epidemic?

New New York Times discussion: For as long as exams and term papers have existed, cheating has been a temptation. But with Web technology, it’s never been easier. College professors and high school teachers are engaged in an escalating war with students over cutting and pasting articles from the Internet, sharing answers on homework assignments…

Ethics Curricula in Colleges and Universities

I recently ran across a good paper, written in 2005 and posted to the SSRN website: “A Survey of Ethics Courses in State College and University Curricula,” by Angela Hernquist. Her final question is one that students should be asking their professors and deans in every department and school on this campus: “If the manner…

High schoolers’ ethics: how low can you go?

KTLA.com is reporting on a new survey of high school students’ ethics by the Josephson Institute for Ethics (press release (PDF)). Here are some highlights from the Institute’s summary: STEALING. In bad news for business, more than one in three boys (35 percent) and one-fourth of the girls (26 percent) ??? a total of 30…

DISD board and its ethics policy

As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the DISD board is voting this afternoon on its new ethics policy. The key issue that divides the trustees is how to deal with the situation of a vendor with family or business ties to a board member: Require disclosure and recusal? Or disqualify the vendor from having…

DISD: High-wire ethics without a safety net

As reported in last week’s Dallas Morning News, the DISD board is considering changes to its ethics policy. Although the process was initially focused upon the question whether the district should be able to do business with companies with which trustees are associated, apparently the review has now branched out to include other issues, as…