Review the following examples and determine if the student behavior is ethical or unethical. Provide an explanation
Review the following examples and determine if the student behavior is ethical or unethical. Provide an explanation to support your determination based on your understanding of the ethics mindset. As a reminder, to have an ethics mindset, you must:
► Desire to do what is right
► Understand what is right and wrong
► Avoid doing what is the wrong
► Commit to and do what is right
1. Your instructor has you take online group quizzes. You discuss each question and decide on an answer as a group but each member of your group is required to submit their own quiz for grading. Quizzes are graded immediately upon submission. One member of your group tells the others that he will submit his quiz before the rest of the group and “take one for the team” and let the others know what score he received.
2. Your roommate took the same class you are enrolled in during the previous semester. He gives you his material from the class which includes graded assignments and quizzes, most which are used unchanged from the previous semester. You use his graded material to check your answers before you turn them in.
3. Your class allows you to take test during a three-day window. Your instructor explicitly states on the test that you should not discuss the test with anyone until after the three-day window has passed. You have lunch at the campus pizza restaurant with one of your classmates during the three-day window. Both of you have taken the test and were not sure if you answered one of the problems correctly. Because you have both already taken the test, you see no harm in discussing the likely solutions to the problem.
4. Your instructor tells the class that she will permit you to use one 3x5 note card filled with materials of your choice during the test. You prepare your notes electronically and use as small a font as you can possibly read. You print your notes and glue them onto the 3X5 card.
5. Some of your classmates tell you of a website that has images of tests and quizzes posted by previous students for the class you are taking. You regularly visit the website to help you complete your assignments and prepare for tests.
6. You are in your second semester of study at a new university after transferring from another university. Your professor requires a five-page paper on a topic similar to the one you prepared for a class at your previous university. You decide since you are under time pressure, to revise the paper using the comments received when it was graded by your previous professor and submit it in your current class. Alternatively, you decide to use much of the previous paper as you prepare the new paper.
7. You ask a classmate who always does her homework in advance if you can see what she submitted before you submit your homework.
8. Your university has a formal code of conduct for students. Your university requires that you electronically agree to the code of conduct before you enroll. You clicked the box that you agree to abide by the code of conduct and electronically sign the document. However, you didn’t read it and you’re not sure what it requires.
9. You are two points away from the “A” grade cutoff. You meet with your professor to tell her about some personal difficulties you encountered during the semester that affected your performance hoping that she will award you a higher grade. While you did encounter the difficulties, you discuss with your professor, you slightly exaggerate their severity.
10. Due to the conditions of the pandemic, the instruction for your class is taught synchronously online. Part of your grade is based on participation points. You always join the class so that you can receive the participation points but regularly turn off your camera and work on homework assignments for other classes and sometimes play video games during class time.
11. You tell your group members that you will complete a portion of a case assignment before the next time your group meets. You didn’t get your portion done before the meeting.
12. You encountered some problems outside of your control and you were late turning in a major assignment. Even though you explained your circumstances, your professor disallowed the late assignment pointing to the statement in the syllabus, “no late assignments will be accepted.” You feel this is unfair and post to social media that your professor is the worst professor you have had and doesn’t care about students. At the conclusion of the course, you give the professor the lowest evaluation you can.
13. You find out the score of a student in your class that failed the test. In your social media post celebrating your success, you mention the name and the score of the student with the failing grade.
14. You are enrolled in a difficult and important class to your major. You find the material very challenging and you don’t think the professor explains concepts well enough for you to understand. You regularly post to your social media account that your professor shouldn’t be teaching if he can explain the material presented in class in a way that is understandable and coherent to you.
15. You have a part-time job at a small company to help you pay for college. You overhear management discussing the financial difficulties the company faces. You think your job might be in jeopardy. Your post on LinkedIn that you are looking for a new position because it looks like the company you work for will soon go out of business.
16. You are facing time pressure to turn a research paper in. Your paper doesn’t quite meet the minimum word count. You decide to see what Wikipedia has to offer on your subject. You are pleased to see that there is a brief discussion that is right on point with the subject of your paper. You copy one small sentence and then augment the discussion in your own words to complete the assignment and submit it on time.
17. Your professor tells your class that you can use a programable calculator on the upcoming test as long as it is cleared of all content before the test begins. You have some programs and data stored for another class but not for this class. You don’t see the need to clear the content before this test.