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The Baruch College Faculty Handbook

Ethics Week 2012

Last updated on 3/15/12

Ethics Week 2012

March 26 - 31

Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus
Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative.


During Ethics Week, members of the Baruch faculty are encouraged to initiate discussions in their classrooms of ethical issues related to their subjects/disciplines. The schedule that follows lists special events featuring members of the Baruch community and invited guests.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 15, 12:15-1:45 pm, NVC 14-267

Research Ethics Forum (Prologue to Ethics Week)

Panelists:  Profs. Helaine Korn, Joel Lefkowitz, Hannah Rothstein 

Moderator:  Prof. Donald Vredenburgh

As a profession, academe must uphold ethical standards, including research standards if the development and dissemination of knowledge are to thrive. Recent instances of egregiously unethical research practices have harmed the credibility of the academic research enterprise, and ample incentives and opportunities for fraud and other deception suggest a need for continuing awareness and vigilance. The participants in this forum will discuss conflicts of interest, plagiarism, treatment of human participants, data control, post hoc hypotheses, journal practices, and other issues.

- A light lunch will be served.

RSVP to Linda Moore if you plan to attend:

Monday, March 26, 4:00-6:00pm, NVC 14-220

Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics
Presentation of these annual prizes is part of the college?s annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony, which honors full-time members of the faculty for publications, external grants, and creative achievements. The Briloff Prizes are intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life. Honoring Abraham J. Briloff, Emmanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus, these prizes are awarded annually to a faculty member (full time and/or adjunct) who has written an important topical article, essay, or book on ethics, and to one or more students (undergraduate and/or graduate) who have written an outstanding research paper or essay on ethics.

- Refreshments will be available.

 Tuesday, March 27, 12:45-2:30pm, 151 E. 25th Street, Room 750

The Story of an Exposed Inside Trader

In December 2011, Garrett Bauer pleaded guilty to insider trading, obstruction of justice and money laundering. His crimes spanned 17 years and brought in $37 million. Mr. Bauer now awaits sentencing for his actions. He will explain what constitutes insider trading, how he became involved, and the scheme itself. Mr. Bauer will be joined by Walter Pavlo Jr., who oversaw a $2 billion operation at MCI Communications before being caught embezzling $6 million. Mr. Pavlo is author of Stolen Without A Gun: Confessions From Inside History's Biggest Accounting Fraud - the Collapse of MCI/WorldCom and blogger for Forbes on white collar crime. He will provide the audience context for the recent spate of insider trading cases.

 Complimentary pre-registration for this event is required:

This event is sponsored by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

- A light lunch will be served beginning at noon.

 Wednesday, March 28, 12:45-1:45pm, NVC 5-298

Teaching Ethics: How to Start Ethics Discussions and How Not to Snuff Them Out by Accident 

Prof. Douglas Lackey (Philosophy) will host an informal discussion with faculty colleagues on the subject of leading classroom discussions of ethics. Interested colleagues should contact Prof. Lackey: 646 312-4370 or

- Pizza and soda will be provided

Thursday, March 29, 12:45-2:15pm, 137 E. 25th Street, Room 308

A Conversation with Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen, author of “The Ethicist” column of the New York Times Magazine from 1999-2011, and currently host of the Public Radio program “Person Place Thing,” will discuss his role as a public ethicist. This event is sponsored by the Baruch College Honors Program and the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute.

- A light lunch will be served.


Ethics Week is generously supported by the Charles Dreifus
Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative.

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Some background information about
Ethics Week at Baruch College

Ethics Week was the idea of Prof. Roslyn Bernstein (English), who suggested at the concluding session of the Spring 2003 Seminar, "Ethics Across and Beyond the Curriculum," that the college set aside one week during which members of the faculty would be encouraged to discuss ethical issues specific to their subjects/disciplines in their classrooms, and departments or programs would invite outside speakers for public presentations.

Ethics Week 2011 is organized by Associate Provost Dennis Slavin (646-660-6504).

See webpages from Ethics Week 2004, Ethics Week 2005, Ethics Week 2006, Ethics Week 2007, Ethics Week 2008, Ethics Week 2009, Ethics Week 2010 and Ethics Week 2011.

See videos of some of the events of Ethics Week 2006.