Ethics

Labeling Nanotech in Food

This cases poses a hypothetical debate over efforts at the U.S. state level to mandate labels on food products containing or packaged in materials containing engineered nanomaterials. As such, it closely mirrors recent debates over labeling foods containing genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Building a Dialogue around Race to Change Political Institutions, the City of Seattle Starts the Race and Social Justice Initiative

As candidate Greg Nickels visited different communities during his campaign for mayor of Seattle, news reports erupted over the death of Aaron Roberts, an African American male. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

“During the traffic stop, police said, Roberts grabbed a [police] officer's arm, stepped on the gas and dragged him. The officer's partner scrambled to the passenger side of the car and fired a round that killed Roberts.”

Another Cheating Scandal—But This Time It's Not The Students

In March 2015, Newpoint High School, one of the high-performing charter schools in Escambia County, Florida, suddenly found itself at the heart of a real scandal when the School District announced publically that it appeared there was a possibility that school administrators had pressured teachers to falsify attendance records, delete overdue assignments, give answers to tests, and change grades in order to ensure that Newpoint seniors would advance to graduation. And the suggestion was that this was only the tip of the iceberg.

Investigating David Baltimore and Thereza Imanishi-Kari

In early December 1991, renowned scientist and Nobel laureate David Baltimore considered his status at Rockefeller University. President of the elite university since only mid-1990, his tenure had been marked by controversy over a 5-year old publication in the journal Cell. Baltimore was one of six co-authors on the article, alongside the more junior scientist Thereza Imanishi-Kari, who was facing accusations of falsifying data and manipulating findings.

Hiring a Sustainable Development Specialist: Diversity and Pre-Screening Applicants with the Use of a Google Search

In this straightforward and timely case, students are tasked with navigating the intricacies of public personnel hiring including the managerial, political, legal, and ethical challenges that are commonly faced by public managers. As the director of a city economic development division, the student must choose between a group of candidates that have applied for a new position that has opened up in the department. Each candidate’s qualifications are described with the inclusion of details from the candidates personal life that create a twist in what should be a simple hiring process.

The Day the Sunshine Left Crestview

Events occurring in the City of Crestview, located in Florida’s Panhandle region, have revealed what appears to be a systemic problem among elected officials, Council members, and department leaders. In some cases the problem has extended far enough to foster criminal charges and court appearances. In this case the Crestview City Council members have used their email communications to discuss City business in direct violation of the Florida Sunshine Law.

Loyalty, Ethics and "Whistle Blowing": Confronting Corruption in the Volatile World of Law Enforcement

This ethics-related case focuses on documented corruption in a county sheriff’s department. While such corruption is, unfortunately, not unheard of, this occurrence was initiated and conducted for an extended period of time by the highly respected county sheriff himself. The sheriff, who had served for many years, had been quite successful in modernizing the department and building a reputation of integrity for himself and his department. That his sterling reputation led to his election as head of the State Sheriff’s Association, made his subsequent fall from grace even more damaging.

United or Divided States? U.S.-Mexico Border Simulation

This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.

Five Mini-Cases on Ethics in Management

The five mini-cases on ethics in managerial decision-making are intended to portray real life managerial dilemmas in a way that will help students develop frameworks for addressing those dilemmas.

Ethics Case: What's Really Going On?

A public sector chief executive is faced with a dilemma: recommend the selection of a vendor based upon objective criteria and potentially lose her job, or revise her recommendation in response to an oblique request from one of her bosses that might actually have been a threat. The situation is further complicated by the fact that she gained information about the potential job threat through confidential channels. A central focus of the case is to determine which ethical guidelines should govern the choices that the administrator makes.