Cheating During the Pandemic: An Ethical Dilemma in Academia

Do the Ends Justify the Means? It’s no surprise to me that many college students are finding ways to cheat during online testing in our COVID-19 environment. According to a survey by Wiley, 93 percent of instructors think students are more likely to cheat online than in person. One-third said... Read more →


Is Student Debt Relief Ethical?

Analyzing the Benefits, Harms, and Public Good Last month President Biden announced that he will be using executive action to implement a broad student loan forgiveness initiative that will wipe out $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 per year if... Read more →


Can Ethics Be Taught to College Students?

Expectations and Realities I have blogged before about how to teach ethics to college students. There is no one best way to do so and a variety of methods have been tried. But first, we need to consider what the goals should be of teaching ethics to college students. Here... Read more →


Which Side are They on? Do Auditors Still Protect the Public?

Accounting Ethics Symposium I am participating in a panel discussion on July 31 in San Diego at the Ethics Symposium sponsored by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. Accounting educators should consider attending because critical issues will be discussed about the past, present, and future direction of... Read more →


Ethical Issues of the NCAA Transfer Portal

Is it a Good Thing for Collegiate Athletics? The Transfer Portal was created as a way for student athletes to transfer from one NCAA school to another and not have to sit out one year. It seems to have created a ‘monster,’ in the sense that competition for student athletes... Read more →


Why Do Universities Lie About Program Information?

Examining the Ethical Issues I have previously blogged about doctored program information submitted by four prominent universities—Rutgers University, Temple University, Claremont McKenna College, and Iona College. The goal was to make their programs look better to university rating outlets such as U.S. News & World Report. Now, along comes a... Read more →