Ethical Dilemma

Well, I just got ready for the day, and am waiting to leave for Ethics Day in our class.  Just musing on what I’ve read and the case study I had to work on for today, I think its safe to say that ethical issues in higher education and student affairs are rampant. Unlike legal issues, there isn’t always a right or wrong, nor does there seem to be an answer all the time. Additionally, I lean on the premise that they may be more complicated than legal issues because they are not based on substantive facts or situations, but rather the subjectivity of right v. wrong.

Interesting enough, people will argue forever on the legal issues and how to win a case. (Because it normally will lead to money) However when it comes to the ethical issues, people seems to have a short attention span for that. Which is sad. Granted, in order to really argue ethical issues, an individual must have a stance on their own personal morals, values and ethics, as well as an understanding of their professional ethics and boundaries. Many people now a days seem to say they have ethics and values, however their actions say otherwise. I think most people aren’t able to list out their ethics, morals, values, etc because they don’t take time to self-reflect and think about their ethics etc.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve realized that taking time to reflect and to understand my personal and professional morals and values will help me to make decisions. And that can only help to make me a better administrator.

I think there seems to be a theme to this week. Take time and don’t rush into things. Reflect and really understand yourself and be as honest, just and true as you can be.

Just a musing for now.

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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