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About CEHV

The Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) is Ohio State's hub for respectful discussion and interdisciplinary engagement on the ethical challenges that shape the University and the broader community—an essential part of "Education for Citizenship."

A faculty-led, University-level center, we have collaborated with more than forty academic departments and programs in a dozen OSU colleges, covering a wide range of scientific and humanistic disciplines. We have also worked closely with university efforts including the Shared Values Initiative, the Provost's Civil Discourse Project, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Research on research integrity. More information about CEHV can be found here:

These programs rely on the volunteer efforts of our faculty steering committee, support from our advisory board and affiliated faculty, staff, and graduate students, cooperative partnerships with other centers and offices at OSU, and the dedication of a small, committed staff.

Our Mission Statement

"Among the central concerns of humanistic study are questions of how to live and what is of value in human lives. These are especially pressing questions for citizens of an open society, whose extensive freedoms provide both the opportunity and the responsibility to reflect upon questions like these and to choose lives that contribute to the community in which they live. The Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values is a research center that aims to advance the understanding of these questions by encouraging research and writing on topics of ethics and value, including the history of thought on these questions, and by providing a resource for public discussions of foundational and applied moral questions.

The Center helps the University fulfill its responsibilities to students, faculty, and the broader community by advancing and disseminating knowledge of these central aspects of human concern. It provides a venue and resource for ongoing discussions of ethical issues within and across disciplines at The Ohio State University, including issues that arise within the academic contexts of research and education, as well as issues that confront us all as human beings and citizens aspiring to live worthwhile and rewarding lives."

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