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Ethics and Character

Kings Point Ethics and Character Development Program

The Kings Point Ethics and Character Development program was created to promote interest in ethics and character and their relation to leadership. The current Director of the program is CAPT Reed R. Bonadonna, USMS, Ph.D. The Director oversees a number of activities, to include the Honor Board, the Kings Point Moral Science Society, the J. Smith Lanier `50 Distinguished Speaker Series, various Regimental and Academic classes, Team Movements and other special events, to include the Academy's continuing relationship with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (CCEIA).

Honor Board. 

The Regimental Honor Board is the principle means of maintaining an atmosphere of integrity and honesty in the Regiment of Midshipmen.  The Honor Concept is intended to instill in midshipmen the values and character required of a commissioned and licensed officer.  The Honor Code states that "A Midshipmen will not Lie, Cheat, or Steal."  The Honor of the Regiment is in the hands of midshipmen.  Midshipman officers assigned to the Regimental Honor Board have responsibility for the conduct of Honor education, investigations, and hearings.  Formal Hearings of Honor violations are heard by midshipmen juries of seniors and the accused midshipman's classmates.  Decisions are reviewed by the Superintendent and in some cases by the Maritime Administrator.  Sanctions range from Remediation with restriction to limits to permanent disenrollment from the Academy. 

The Kings Point Moral Science Society (KPMSS). 

The KPMSS is a voluntary organization that meets regularly to discuss matters of ethical importance.  The areas addressed range from the law of the sea, to military ethics, to ethical issues in law enforcement and medicine.  In addition to its regular meetings, the KPMSS has sponsored team movements to participate in The Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl and the Military Ethics Case Competition at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The J. Smith Lanier `50 Distinguished Speaker Series.  

 Endowed by a generous gift from Kings Point graduate J. Smith Lanier, this series brings speakers from a variety of backgrounds to speak at the Academy following a formal dinner of the Regiment of Midshipmen, members of the faculty and staff, and guests.  Past speakers have included Kings Point graduate and astronaut Mark Kelly and retired General Barry McCaffrey.

Regimental and Academic Classes.

  The Director of Ethics designs and conducts classes on the subjects of ethics and leadership.  Regimental periods of instruction in these areas have included "Leadership and Ethics at Indoc," and "The Meaning of Your Commission."  Academic elective classes on leadership and ethics include "Leadership in Action: War and the Military Profession," "Literature and Ethics," and "Adaptive Leadership." 

Team Movements and Special Events. 

Midshipmen attend conferences on leadership and ethics at the other service academies, military and civilian colleges, and other educational and policy institutions.  These events have included the annual Ethics Symposium at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the National Conference on Ethics in America at the U.S. Military Academy, and the Conference on Leadership at Yale University.  In addition, Kings Point has a continuing relationship with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (CCEIA). Midshipmen regularly travel to the CCEIA headquarters in New York City to hear speakers and participate in discussions of matters related to ethics in the international sphere.  The Academy participates in Global Ethics Day, an international event sponsored by the CCEIA.    

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Last updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016

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