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

Spring 2019 Events

Ethics Week Lecture Series

February 18-20, 2019


Bob Hottman CPA, Partner, Plante Moran and Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., Giving Voice to Values

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CMU is one of ten other universities in the Daniels Fund Initiative.  The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative delivers principle-based ethics education, and reinforces the value of ethical business and personal conduct. 

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

About Bill Daniels


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