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Where the Magic Began

Updated: May 8, 2020

Professor Corey Ciocchetti had a crystal-clear vision for Ethics Fellows: an experiential course where students put on an event revolved around ethics. He knew this class wouldn’t be an easy A for students and that it would take more motivation and grit than your typical 2-credit course.

Professor C., as many students call him, teaches in the Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department at the University of Denver. He wanted to sway away from the traditional methods of teaching.

Four years ago, he brought this innovative and transformative course onto DU’s grounds.

He has upheld his primary vision of “a class where students could apply ethics, as opposed to just learning about it.”

Since this class is structured very differently than the typical Daniels College of Business course, Professor C. is transparent with his students that grading isn’t easy. He grades his students based on two elements: the final project and overall effort. This entails that every student needs to be contributing equally.

With a shift to a virtual environment, online collaboration has proven to be a challenge. It isn’t easy for thirty college students to work virtually and truly hold each other accountable. However, Professor C. brings his students back to focus by reminding them of why they signed up for this class and what doing this project is all about.

He described a successful Ethics Fellow as someone who thinks about their why: for themselves as an individual and for the greater good. Ultimately, he wants students to take these lessons into their family life and into their professional career.

Long-term-viability and strong relationships are on the forefront of Professor C’s mind. He wants each student to walk out of this course with thirty new friends and feel more connected to the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles. Out of all of his classes, this is the class where he stays in touch with the students most frequently. Students leave this course truly understanding how hard-work and perseverance pay off and that collaboration is key.

“The people taking this class are going to be successful in business and have huge connections ten years from now,” Ciocchetti says. “People don’t realize that now, but this is a common experience that is critical.”



About the Author:


Emma Bliwas is a sophomore at the University of Denver (DU) studying International Business. She is passionate about giving back to her community and leading an ethical life. Emma believes that transparency, integrity and accountability are crucial for success in school and the workplace. At DU, Emma is involved in Delta Gamma and DU Programming Board. After her undergraduate career, she hopes to work for a non-profit company pursuing her marketing, communication and event planning skills.



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