Funded by the generosity of benefactor T. Marc Futter, the Program for Ethics in Leadership and Integrity in Action is a University-wide initiative, incorporated throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Based on the belief that ethics is reflected in both words and actions, the Program includes an intense ethics discussion for all incoming students at New Student Orientation, followed by the signing of the Honor Pledge at fall convocation and an ethics speaker in the spring. Ethical concepts are infused throughout the curriculum in all majors and examine the basic notions of “right” and “wrong” in contemporary society. Students develop and define their individual standards of ethical behavior relevant to their personal and professional lives.
The Bay Path University Honor Pledge
|As a Bay Path University student, I will honor myself and my fellow students. In making this commitment, I will act with honesty, integrity, and respect and will take responsibility for my actions.
Past speakers featured in the T. Marc Futter Program for Leadership and Integrity in Action Lecture Series
Protecting Your Privacy: What Can You Do?
It is a 21st century paradox: there is more public access to Wi-Fi than ever before, yet each day we hear of new threats to online security. What is smart use of our smart phones?
At this year’s lecture for the T. Marc Futter Ethics in Leadership and Integrity in Action program, Alan Boulanger logs on to that topic. He is an IT security consultant, author of the book, “The Smart Women’s Guide to Privacy Protection,” and an adjunct faculty member at Bay Path College.
We have a tendency to use social media to overshare details of our lives. “People forget to think that if they ‘check in’ on Facebook,” he explained, “what they’re also saying is where they are not. You’re telling the world that your home is empty.”
Most importantly, he suggests, don’t consider that iPhone or Android device simply a phone. “Think of it as your diary and your checkbook all in one, because these days it’s both,” Boulanger said. “Would you leave them lying around?”
Preventing Violence in our Schools and Beyond
- Deanna Suomala, principal at the Washington Elementary School in Springfield, MA
- Charlene Korza, school social worker at the Granby Jr.-Sr. High School in Granby, MA
- The Honorable Judith Phillips, Associate Justice of the Hampden County Juvenile Court in Springfield, MA
The shootings in Newtown, CT, have sparked discussions and changes in school security and how it impacts a culture of learning where children are also expected to be safe and nurtured. What must we do to keep our schools safe? Who should be included in the discussion about school violence? How can we prevent violence? Theses questions and many others were explored during the program.
To Choose or Not to Choose
On March 27, 2012, Rev. Irene Monroe, a lesbian theologian, scholar, writer and activist, returned to Bay Path College to speak with the community on “To Choose or Not to Choose: Exploring how a Personal and Collective Agency of Choice Ethically Impacts Schools, Self and Society". The community was presented with various case studies and asked to use their ethical decision making skills. Rev. Monroe is the former Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion. She currently is a Huffington Post blogger and as syndicated queer religion columnist, her writings appear in 43 states across the country and in the U.K. and in publications such as The Advocate, New England Bay Windows, Boston In Newsweekly, and The Witness.
On March 22, 2011, Rev. Irene Monroe, a lesbian theologian, scholar, writer and activist, addressed the Bay Path College community on “Alliance Building: Talking and working across our varied identity politics”. Monroe discussed how everyone either is now, or has been, or will be at some time a target of social oppression or bullying. Working together, we can become allies, and take on the role as an ally for someone else. Rev. Monroe is the former Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion. She currently is a Huffington Post blogger and as syndicated queer religion columnist, her writings appear in 43 states across the country and in the U.K. and in publications such as The Advocate, New England Bay Windows, Boston In Newsweekly, and The Witness.
The Wrongfully Imprisoned
Stephen Saloom, Policy Director, The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization that works to exonerate wrongly imprisoned individuals. Mr. Saloom discussed the recent recommendations from the National Academy of Science on strengthening forensic science in the United States and the ethical implications of the recommendations.
Using the Poor to Conduct Drug Trials
Sonia Shah, investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author.
Ms. Shah spoke about her research supporting her most recent book, The Body Hunters: Testing Our World’s Poorest Patients on New Drugs. Ms. Shah discussed the various Food and Drug Administration regulations and how the pharmaceutical companies in the United States conduct drug trials and tests using impoverished individuals throughout the world.
Ethical Issues Surrounding Third Party Reproduction
Halina Wiczyk, M.D., Reproductive Endocrinologist
Dr. Wiczyk’s provocative talk challenged the students to consider criteria of age, anonymity, familiarity, family structure and relationship, fresh versus frozen embryos and genetics in third party reproduction.
Ethical Issues in Monitoring Clergy Offenders
Reverend William Toller, Clergy monitor for the Diocese of Springfield
Rev. Toller, an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, administers to clergy who have been removed from the ministry for violations of trust, including sexual abuse.