The Center for the Study of Ethics (CSE) advances ethics education at Utah Valley University, within our community, and among scholars working in related fields of study. We support programs that engage critical questions in navigating the public, professional, and personal dimensions of human experience. The CSE is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy center committed to the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives.


COVID-19 Modified Operations

Your safety is our top concern during this pandemic. With your health and the health of our staff in mind, we have made the decision to close the Center for the Study of Ethics until further notice. Please stay safe during this difficult time, we look forward to welcoming you back to campus. You may contact Courtney Burns at with any questions or concerns.


For more information, visit the Return to Campus website.


Applications Open - Ethics Across the Curriculum Mini-Grants

The Center for the Study of Ethics is now accepting applications for funding to develop ethics content in UVU courses.  The center will award ten $1500 stipends for faculty to engage ethical issues in their discipline and incorporate relevant content into their syllabi. Deadline: March 5, 2021.

Event Information

2021 Faculty Summer Seminar 

"The Future of Higher Education"

2021 Faculty Summer Seminar
with Dr. Randall Curren

May 11-14, 2021


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2021 Student Ethics Symposium 

2021 Student Ethics Symposium

Friday, April 2nd

Submission Deadline
Tuesday, March 10th

A Fractured Nation Image 

The Divided States of America?

Reasons for Hope in a Fractured Nation

March 3rd, 2021


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The Identity Development of an American Faith 

The Identity Development of an American Faith

Latter-day Saints, White Supremacy, and Black Lives Matter

March 1st, 2021

Areas of Emphasis

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Ethics Across the Curriculum

Since 1992, the center has promoted ethics education across a variety of disciplines
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Environmental Sustainability

Explores questions related to the human impact on the natural world and the ethical dimensions of environmental stewardship.
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Promotes the academic study of religion through interreligious dialogue and student engagement. These efforts are part of a campus-wide Interreligious Engagement Initiative.
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Offers students opportunities to understand and engage ethical issues across cultures and ideologies including strategies for global cooperation and peacebuilding.
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Advances dialogue and research in the ethical dimensions of democracy, civil discourse, and public policy. These efforts are part of the campus-wide Appomattox Project.