In this chapter we discuss the Joe Paterno matter at Penn State. Another situation where a respected individual’s reputation was tarnished by personal decisions having nothing to do with performance on the job is the resignation of former U.S. military General and Head of the CIA, David Petraeus. On November 9, 2012, Petraeus resigned from the CIA after it was announced he had an extramarital affair with a biographer, Paula Broad well, who wrote a glowing book about his life. Petraeus acknowledged he used poor judgment by engaging in the affair. When F.B.I. agents investigated the matter because of concerns there may have been security leaks, they discovered a substantial number of classified documents on her computer. Broad well told investigators she ended up with the secret military documents after taking them from a government building, No security leaks had been found. In accepting Petraeus’ resignation, President Obama praised Petraeus’ leadership during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and said: “By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.” Should our evaluation of one’s lifetime of hard work and success in their careers be tainted by one act having nothing to do with job performance?
Answer to relevant QuestionsOne explanation about rights is that “there is a difference between what we have the right to do and what is the right thing to do.” Explain what you think is meant by this statement.Is there a difference between cheating on a math test, lying about your age to purchase a cheaper ticket at a movie theatre, and using someone else’s ID to get a drink at a bar?In the discussion of loyalty in this chapter a statement is made that “your ethical obligation is to report what you have observed to your supervisor and let her take the appropriate action.” We point out that you may ...1. Do you think it is ever right to back out of a promise you gave to someone else? If so, under what circumstances? If not, why not?2. Identify the stakeholders and their interests in this case.3. Evaluate the alternative ...Using the child abuse scandal at Penn State discussed in Chapter1, explain the actions that would have been taken by Joe Paterno if he had been reasoning at each stage in Kohlberg’s model and why.
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