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.


Bike Utah recipient of the 2020 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize

The Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce that Bike Utah is the recipient of the 2020 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize. Bike Utah is a statewide bicycle advocacy leader working to create networks of cycling lanes, paths, and trails that contribute to livable, healthy communities. The grant will support the use of GIS to evaluate bicycle infrastructure throughout the state. Data gathered will help in the policy-making process for various municipalities to help make streets more equitable and safe.

Event Information


Lies, Incivility &
the 2020 Election

Monday, December 7th
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

2020 EAW Webcard 

Ethics Awareness Week

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

Mormonism and Whiteness

Mormonism and the Challenges of Whiteness

Virtual Speaker Series

Schedule & Video

2020 Environmental Ethics Symposium 

Environmental Ethics for U/VU

Podcast Sessions

October 21

Areas of Emphasis

The twisted path of curriculum planning.

Ethics Across the Curriculum

Since 1992, the center has promoted ethics education across a variety of disciplines
A large cargo ship.

Environmental Sustainability

Explores questions related to the human impact on the natural world and the ethical dimensions of environmental stewardship.
Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem.


Promotes the academic study of religion through interreligious dialogue and student engagement. These efforts are part of a campus-wide Interreligious Engagement Initiative.
Gyeongbuk Palace, Seoul, South Korea.


Offers students opportunities to understand and engage ethical issues across cultures and ideologies including strategies for global cooperation and peacebuilding.
McLean House in Appomattox Courthouse Virgina.


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.