In preparation for this week’s Discussion, your ethical principles will be tested with a short case study where Duke’s Fuqua School of Business was under scrutiny in the manner it addressed the ten percent of MBA Program learners of cheating on a take home test. Another college from New Jersey had a similar incident with its Chinese-based MBA Program learners for plagiarism. Read the Test Your Principles, Exhibit 12.3, page 361, article in your text and respond to the following questions:
If you were asked to serve as an Ethics Review Arbitrator, what decision would you have rendered in support of the Duke University MBA Program learners’ issue? The Centenary College Chinese MBA Program?
In support of your ruling as Ethics Review Arbitrator, explain your key reasons for your decision.
Discussion, your ethical principles will be tested with a short case study where Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
Most of the human actions are guided by ethics which helps them differentiate between what is right and what is wrong. Ethics has to do with individual feelings of what is right to do and what is wrong to do (Shapiro, 2016). However, one cannot be taken to court because of breaking ethical principles, but he pays a moral price for his actions. In our case, the MBA class in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business cheated in their take away exams and thus broke one of the ethical principles that require all individuals, to tell the truth. On the same note, the Chinese Students in the Centenary College Chinese MBA Program were found guilty of breaking one of the academic ethics and thus, both groups of students should be prepared to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Moral and ethical principles require individuals to ensure that they are fair to others as well as strive to ensure that they administer justice at all levels of operations (Shapiro, 2016). Dismissing the MBA class in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business was a bit harsh on the administration side given that they students were only caught cheating in a single exam. Thus, based on fairness principle, these students should be given another chance to retake their exams to give them a chance to do the right thing. On the same note, the Chinese students should also be given another shot on the exam to be fair to every individual. However, to ensure that justice is administered to all, all the students caught cheating should not be awarded full marks but rather should be awarded half of the total marks. This would act as a lesson top other students not to engage in cheating activities at any time in their school life.
Shapiro, J. P. (2016). Ethical leadership and decision making in education: Applying theoretical perspectives to complex dilemmas. . Routledge.