Behavioral Ethics

Behavioral Ethics

Why do well-intentioned people sometimes make bad decisions?

Ethical decisions occur amidst organizational pressures and personal biases. Ethical misconduct can happen to any individual who fails to recognize the ethics of a decision. Pressures to follow orders, make business goals, and ignore bad news can lead to defective ethical reasoning. Employees who can recognize the traps that provoke or trick people into illegal or unethical transgressions are more likely to avoid ethical lapses in the workplace.

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS College of Business offers students and the community opportunities to learn from past scandals as well as practice ethical decision-making on campus, in competitions and in the workplace.


Events & Programs

Significant Speaker Event Featuring Scott Kelly (September 2019)

The department of Student Life, in partnership with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS College of Business, The College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Office of Veteran and Military Affairs was proud to present a special Fall 2019 speaker event featuring Scott Kelly, world renowned astronaut who spent a year in space. Scott Kelly captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage-proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious.

Ethics First

The EthicsFirst program provided by the Ethics and Compliance department and DFEI Collegiate Program at UCCS COB hosts an annual Keynote Speaker Presentation and Workshop. The event allows students to engage and learn from various speakers like Colleen Murray Peyton and Ronnie Feldman from Learnings & Entertainments, Neal Dandade, Stephen M.R. Covey, and more.

Ethics Fellows in this Focus Area

Julie Albertson, Ph.D.
Julie Albertson, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
Lorraine M. Arangno, Ph.D.
Lorraine M. Arangno, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor of Philosophy, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Robert Block
Robert Block, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Associate Professor of Business Analysis
Jill Bradley-Geist, Ph.D.
Jill Bradley-Geist, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, College of Business
Katy Cathcart, MCJ
Katy Cathcart, MCJ
Senior Instructor, School of Public Affairs
Mary Ann Cutter
Mary Ann Cutter, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Philosophy, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Andrea Hutchisn
Andrea Hutchisn, Ph.D. RD
Associate Professor of Nutrition, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Barbara Joyce, Ph.D.
Barbara Joyce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Community Health, Correctional Nursing, Community Collaborative, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Scott Kupferman
Scott Kupferman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Co-Coordinator of Special Education Program
Rory Lewis
Rory Lewis, Ph.D, JD
Program Officer of UCCS’s College of Engineering’s Computer Science Master's Department
Jeffrey Montez de Oca
Jeffrey Montez de Oca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
Kimbra Smith
Kimbra Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cultural and Applied Anthropologist, Department of Anthropology
Colleen Stiles Ph.D.
Colleen Stiles, Ph.D.
Co-director for Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
Scott Van Ness, ABD
Scott Van Ness, ABD
Instructor of Operations Management, College of Business
James Van Scotter II, Ph.D.
James Van Scotter II, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Strategy, College of Business
Joseph D. Wehrman
Joseph D. Wehrman, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor with Tenure, Counseling and Human Services, College of Education
Patty Witkowsky, Ph.D.
Patty Witkowsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations Coordinator, Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program College of Education
Kay Yoon
Kay Yoon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

Are you a student interested in working with an Ethics Fellow? Learn more about the DFEI Collegiate Program at UCCS COB Ethics Ambassador Program.

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