Professor: Ethical standards are developed, not mandated

Ethics are “habits of mind and habits of heart,” writes author and Southern Methodist University professor Rita Kirk, and colleges and universities “must engage in meaningful reflection and action” through first-year orientation sessions and student-to-student interactions, among other experiences.

“The discussion of principled responses to what’s happening in the world creates a situational awareness that will be a crucial foundation for the remainder of their lives,” Kirk writes in a column published by Inside Higher Ed. “After all, our ethics will be displayed in the split-second decisions that we make in the uncertainty of the moment.

Read the full column here.