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Big Lessons from Bad City

August 31, 2022

There is so much misconduct chronicled in Bad City that the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal ends up being a mere footnote.

Courage as Truth Telling

June 29, 2022

Cassidy Hutchinson’s appearance before the Committee is a timely opportunity to explore the complexity of courage and candor.

Social Mobility and Higher Education

May 17, 2022

Social mobility is defined as the movement of individuals or groups between social strata; it correlates one’s economic background with their ability to “climb the social ladder.” In this blog, you’ll read about higher ed accessibility and how UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities can best prepare and accommodate lower-income students, and how we are already taking steps towards becoming a more equitable institution despite bottlenecks in the system.

On Transparency

March 30, 2022

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”. This oft-heard (but less-often followed) call for transparency raises interesting questions. Is that even true? Surely chemicals disinfect better than sunshine.  And is sunlight only useful when conditions are already contaminated, or can it prevent problems from growing in shadows or darkness? Is there such a thing as too much sunshine?  Is this clumsy adage the best we can do in describing the merits of transparency?

Our Values: Under Strain

February 25, 2022

I’m taking a little detour from the use of this space to examine the possibility of shared values at UNC. Instead, I want to talk about what happens when people can’t live their values.

Our Values: On Accountability

January 31, 2022

In 2021 leaders in Institutional Integrity and Risk Management initiated a project to identify and promote shared principles. Campus consensus emerged around four principles: integrity, community, transparency, and accountability. This month’s focus is accountability.

The Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

March 24, 2021

With so many Americans left to vaccinate, substantial distrust of the vaccine in many communities, and thousands of vaccines going to waste every day, how can we create policy to distribute vaccinations in an efficient and ethical manner? 

Movement Raises Questions About Ethics of Fraternities and Sororities on Campus

November 30, 2020

Despite the long history and popularity of Greek life both at UNC and across the country, many students are calling for the abolition of Greek life in its entirety due to exclusion, sexual assault, and community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving rise to the “Abolish Greek Life” movement.

Voting 101: The Ethics of Being Informed

October 29, 2020

With the rise of social media, the rapid decline in local newspaper coverage, the expansion of media echo chambers, and the rapid proliferation of “fake news”, the American people have been spoonfed a warped sense of reality through their news.