Case Studies and Methods for Teaching Professional Ethics for Forensic Science Students


  • Kelly M Elkins Towson University
  • Ibiwunmi Fambegbe Towson University


Professional ethics education is an important and integral component of forensic science education and is included in the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) undergraduate and graduate program standards. Ethics is often confused with morals and values. This paper compares and contrasts ethics and morals and discusses approaches to teaching ethics with an emphasis on the case study method. A review of ethics resources for instructors and classroom teaching methods are discussed. Several case studies covering a wide range of ethical issues encountered in forensic science are included.

Author Biography

Kelly M Elkins, Towson University

Kelly M. Elkins

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Towson University

Chemistry Department

8000 York Rd

Towson, MD 21252