CMU joins in initiative to promote ethics

Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction will receive a total of $1.25 million over the next five years as part of an initiative to teach and foster ethics in business students.

CMU is one of three universities that have been accepted into the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative. The additions follow a decision to expand a five-year pilot program involving eight universities to reach more students.

The initiative was launched in 2010 to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics and promote a high standard of ethics in students on campuses and in communities, including  such values as accountability, fairness, respect, transparency, trust and viability.

CMU will receive $250,000 a year for five years for curriculum and resource development as well as faculty training. In addition, selected students will attend ethics conferences and competitions.

Leaders at the participating universities work together to share expertise and resources through a Web site.

Cable television pioneer Bill Daniels established the Daniels Fund. Along with the ethics initiative, the fund supports grants and college scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For additional information, visit the Web site located at