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Ethical Decision Making

Ethical decision making includes "reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions" (AAC&U Ethical Reasoning VALUE Rubric).

A CITE co-curricular learning project that develops ethical decision making may require students to articulate their values and set an ethical standard for the project. Woven into the activity may be opportunities to learn about and demonstrate understanding of other ethical constructs that are important to an academic or social community.

  • For research projects, students are taught the ethical principles that are common to the discipline and that will guide the study. They are then assessed on their understanding of these principles.
  • In activities where students have latitude in selecting the community partner that they would like to support, students submit a reflection on the benefit they will receive from the experience, the benefit the community partner will receive, and ways to make sure that community partner receives the maximum benefit and is not harmed, disadvantaged, or inconvenienced by the experience.

CITE has developed the Ethical Decision Making Rubric Templatebased on the AAC&U's Ethical Reasoning VALUE Rubric, to assist program leaders in developing their own rubrics for this learning outcome. You are welcome to draw on the linked editable file while designing a rubric for your program.