Case Study

Nancy’s Nightmare

Suzanne Dieringer, The University of Tampa, Olga Petrova, The University of Tampa, Joni Ghannadian, The University of Tampa, Britt Shirley, The University of Tampa
December 1, 2022
North America
Ethics & Social Justice, Strategy & General Management
3 pages
ethics, academic integrity, universalism, relativism, utilitarianism, control theory
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Nancy was a student who took an exam in her university’s Testing Center because she needed extended time and a distraction-free environment. After she took the exam, she discovered that students who took the exam in the classroom accessed online resources to answer exam questions. This did not seem fair to Nancy, especially when she realized her score on the exam was significantly lower than that of friends who took the exam in the classroom. Nancy visited her professor and hoped they would notice the difference in exam scores and address the issue. Instead, the professor only offered suggestions to improve her performance. Nancy wondered if she should report the use of unauthorized materials to her professor or if she should take future exams in the classroom and have access to the same unauthorized materials her classmates did, even though that would violate the academic integrity policy of her university

Learning Outcomes: 

In completing this assignment, students should be able to:

1. Identify stakeholders who are impacted by a decision maker’s actions.

2. Apply an ethics test to determine if actions would be unethical.

3. Examine a situation from a perspective of ethical universalism.

4. Examine a situation from a perspective of ethical relativism.

5. Examine a situation from a perspective of ethical utilitarianism.

6. Apply control theory to a situation.