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Title Cheating
Long Title Cheating
Contributor/Contact Michele A. Carter, PhD (mcarter@utmb.edu)
Contributor Details Michele A. Carter, PhD
Director, Ethics Support Key Resource, Institute for Translational Sciences
CTSA UTMB Galveston
Case Study Provided Chad Chan didn't attend his introductory biology laboratory section last week. Now it is 1:00 AM and the laboratory report is due at 9:05 AM. Chan is desperate because a poor grade in his course would put him on academic probation, so he pulls out the report his roommate wrote last year for this unit of the course. Chan's roommate gave Chan all of his notes and reports at the start of the term to help him get through the course. So Chan decides to copy his roommate's old data and report, changing a phrase here and there, and hand it in.

See the "Other" box for questions and discussion.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics No publication practices and responsible authorship topics
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics
Other serious deviations from scientific best practices
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects

Citation Source: Research Ethics: Cases and Materials, Indiana University Press, Edited by Robin Levin Penslar, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1995, pp. 52, 53.

RCR Keyword Research Misconduct, Plagiarism, Lab Notes, Students
Other RCR Keywords Cheating, Notes, Old Data
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.

Other Question for Discussion
1. Do you conclude that Chan's actions are ethical? Why or why not?

Not only is Mr. Chan acting unethically (clearly cheating by copying someone else’s work), but one must also wonder if his roommate wasn’t also cheating by handing over all his notes, data and reports.
Topic revision: r3 - 13 Nov 2011 - 19:33:39 - MarkYarborough
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