Empowering Ethical Reasoning.

October 20th, 2021 is Global Ethics Day!

Global Ethics Day, the third Wednesday of every October, reminds and calls us to empower ethics by taking ethical action in our daily lives, helping to identify and address the most critical issues facing society. But what does ethical action look like? Where should we start?

We start where we are: here on our campus.

James Madison University’s distinct ethical reasoning strategy, The Eight Key Questions, is effective in identifying ethical issues and helps us make better, more informed decisions. In 2019, we asked JMU students “What does an ethical campus look like?”

What action can you take today to make our campus ethical?


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Register for upcoming 8KQ Workshops

This 3 hour workshop provides a deep-dive into each of the Eight Key Questions: an introduction to the signature framework for ethical reasoning and opportunities to practice using the 8KQ strategy with friends from across JMU. You will also hear about "It's Complicated", the ethical reasoning workshop for incoming students,  facilitated by faculty and staff every August during 1787 Orientation's Weeks of Welcome.
The next workshops are 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 1pm and Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 9am

ERiA Fall 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

Exceptionally difficult ethical situations are being navigated all over the world. How can the 8KQ help us perceive the ethical issues at stake more clearly and make the important decisions that we face more ethically?

ERiA Spring 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

ERiA Winter 2020 Newsletter (PDF)

ERiA Fall 2020 Newsletter (PDF)

ERiA Spring 2020 Newsletter (PDF)

ERiA Featured by National Ethics Project - April 2020

Publication Makes Case To Build and Evaluate Ethical Reasoning Programming
Kristen Smith (’12, ‘14M, ‘17PhD) and graduate psychology professor Sara Finney publish “Elevating Program Theory and Implementation Fidelity in Higher Education: Modeling the Process via an Ethical Reasoning Curriculum” in the journal Research & Practice in Assessment.

Article Published in Teaching Ethics 
JMU's approach to ethical reasoning education and assessment is detailed in the Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, Teaching Ethics (Linder et al., 2020). DOI: 10.5840/tej202081174

It's Time! Unleashed: The campaign for JMU.

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