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.

Featured Events

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"White Too Long"

The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

April 21st, 2021



The Identity Development of an American Faith 

Mormonism and the Challenges of Whiteness


April 22nd, 2021

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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Public Good

"Partisanship &
the Public Good"

with Gov. Gary Herbert 
& Ben McAdams

April 9, 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.