The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities on the “ethics of reopening”

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Reverend Dennis Holtschneider, CM, is president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Over at Inside Higher Ed he offers 13 things to think about as colleges and universities reopen in a few weeks:

  1. “Everyone holds ethical responsibility for others in a pandemic”
  2. “Members of a college or university community are responsible for their own health”
  3. “Pre-eminent is not the same as overriding”
  4. “Which ethic serves the moment?”
  5. “At what point are colleges and universities “irresponsible?”
  6. “Ethical responsibility is situational and local”
  7. “How much cleaning is enough cleaning to be ethically in the clear?”
  8. “In a pandemic, shared governance is not suddenly ceded to the senior administration:
  9. “Boards of Trustees and senior leadership must, of necessity, take financial effects and organizational sustainability into account in the decisions they are making.”
  10. “Who decides, once institutions reopen, the point at which they should close again”
  11. “In a pandemic, some courtesies become ethical requirements”
  12. “In college athletics, consent requires freedom”
  13. “What is the responsibility to the town?”

See how Holtschneider unpacks these points here.