Programs and Outreach

  • Annual Ethics Day with Valerie Daniels-Carter
  • Ethical Student Leadership Conference
  • Fall Lunch n Learn
  • High School Case Competition

Annual Ethics Day at Clemson University

Each October, Clemson University celebrates its Annual Ethics Day throughout campus. The 2020 Annual Ethics Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 2020 and will feature Dr. Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, in a lunch time address and Marshall Taylor and Dr. Brannon Traxler with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in an evening Q&A. Sponsored by the Rutland Institute for Ethics (RIE), AnMed Health, and the Clemson University Pan African Studies Department, this event is an opportunity to remind students, staff, and faculty members about the importance of ethical decision-making in their personal and professional lives.

Tigers for Inclusion, Diversity, and Ethics (TIDE) Conference

Amidst the ongoing societal unrest, racial tensions, and inequalities, Clemson University acknowledges that it must boldly demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion for students, staff and faculty members. The Rutland Institute for Ethics believes that a progressive university, such as Clemson, must take a further step to critically examine how ethics and diversity intersect. With the support of Provost Bob Jones, Associate Provost John Griffin, Chief Diversity Officer Lee Gill, and the Rutland Institute for Ethics Advisory Board, the institute will develop and implement a new initiative called the Tigers for Inclusion, Diversity, and Ethics (TIDE) Conference to be held in the Spring of 2021.

STAR Model Video Contest

The STAR Model Video Contest gives students the opportunity to explain and use the STAR Model to their peers. It is a chance for students to compete for monetary prizes by creating a winning video that best demonstrates the STAR Decision-Making Model. Prizes will be awarded to the top three videos in the amounts of $1,000, $500, and $250.

Ethical Student Leadership Conference

The Rutland Institute for Ethics has teamed with ethics centers at Coastal Carolina University and The Citadel to bring together student leaders from each school for a weekend of ethical leadership introspection and training. The 2021 conference will be held at The Citadel.

Dr. Dilemma

Clemson Students, Faculty, and Staff: Need advice on an ethical issue in your life?

Ask Dr. Dilemma

The Dr. Dilemma forum provides a space where students can feel comfortable asking difficult questions about ethical issues that impact their lives. Much of our present ethics education comes from case studies that students will face in the future, but what about the issues that students face today? Students can anonymously ask Dr. Dilemma, a Clemson faculty member working in ethics, for advice on ethically-related issues. Questions and responses are posted monthly on the Rutland Institute website and social media pages.

High School Ethics Case Competition

Presented by Milliken & Company, Clemson University's High School Case Competition exposes regional high school students to ethical dilemmas and good decision-making skills.


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