Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Who is responsible in this situation?

During an important midterm, the Teaching Assistant left the room for about 12 minutes. During that time, Renee sees two friends, Dana and Claire, gesturing and texting each other. When she later mentions it to them (finding out that they shared answers), their response is pretty much “hey, if the teacher isn’t going to properly proctor a test, then it’s not our fault. And besides we weren’t the only ones. Did you see how many people were doing it?”

Renee knows that all students who enter the College state they’ll follow the College Honor Code, which is supposed to guide students’ individual behavior and choices. But Renee’s also aware that a system of regulations (such as correctly proctoring tests so students can’t cheat) helps stave off and inhibit unethical behavior.

But for her—the dilemma is now personal.

Who is responsible for maintaining ethical standards and what should Renee do?

• Do we expect the parties who might profit from unethical behavior (the students) to maintain ethical standards?

• What about the ‘academic regulators’ (professors, teaching assistant, exam proctors)?

• Or what about the bystanders (Renee) who witnessed the ethical lapses?

• Who do you think should be most responsible?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Once Renee alerts the teaching staff of her peers reprehensible behavior, she has done her part to uphold the College's rules and regulations

  • The professor cannot be held responsible for the cheating of students.

    The only people the cheaters hurt, in the long term, is themselves. One day they will want to write an entry exam to a university or a promising career; but because they never relied on their own knowledge to get marks in the past, how are they going to succeed?

    The prof. has set the standards and the supervising person in the classroom is responsible to a degree; but I truly believe the writer are most responsible to write under the rules and obey them even if the supervisor is out of the room.

  • 1 decade ago

    Both parties should be held reliable!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the whole school sucks and all the students.

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