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Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative

Colorado Mesa University is proud to join ten other universities in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative; a five year grant initiative supported by the Daniels Fund. This partnership will help strengthen principle-based ethics education and foster a higher standard of ethics at CMU and throughout Western Colorado.

Principle-Based Ethics

One of the primary objectives of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative is to extend ethics education beyond philosophy and theory to real-world practical application in the use of ethical principles as a framework for personal and organizational decision-making and leadership. Thus, the belief is that ethics education must convey that principles are constant foundations - not relative to a specific situation - and that doing what is right prevails over self-interest when the two may appear to be in conflict.

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles:

  • Integrity - Act with honesty in all situations
  • Trust - Build trust in all stakeholder relationships
  • Accountability - Accept responsibility for all decisions
  • Transparency - Maintain open and truthful communications
  • Fairness - Engage in fair competition and create equitable and just relationships
  • Respect - Honor the rights, freedoms, views, and property of others
  • Rule of Law - Comply with the spirit and intent of laws and regulations
  • Viability - Create long-term value for all relevant stakeholders

Download PDF version of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles

Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium

Ethics Consortium

Participating schools in the Ethics Initiative become members of the Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium. Members work together to ensure the Ethics Consortium leverages individual school achievements to further strengthen and expand ethics education in the region. Shared expertise and resources include curriculum, case studies, instructional approaches, and co-curricular activities.

Participating Schools:

  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Colorado State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Denver
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wyoming

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