Topic– Case studies based on ethics.
7) Late in the afternoon, Lisa finally had a chance to Google for information on “problem-based learning” for her course assignment due the next morning. Though she was tired, she couldn’t help but wonder when she noticed the same article appearing on the first two websites was almost identical word-for-word. Both websites were for education courses being taught by two different faculty at two different academic institutions located in different states. Curious, she emailed the authors of both papers concerning her observation and printed out a copy of both pages to bring with her to class the next morning.
Consider each of the following questions and evaluate the case study:
- What is the action or inaction that is the cause for concern?
- Who or what may be affected?
- How will they be affected? (i.e., what are the possible consequences?)
- What actions might be taken and what would the consequences of these actions be?
- Can anything be done to prevent this from reoccurring or to minimize the severity of the consequences?(250 words)
Structure of the answer
Discuss each part of the question individually. E.g
- What is the action or inaction that is the cause for concern?- The cause for concern is that Lisa believes she has discovered a case of plagiarism involving a webpage for a course.
- Who or what may be affected?- The professor whose work has been plagiarized has been affected and of course, the alleged plagiarist. The college or university where the plagiarist is employed may also be affected by the alleged plagiarist’s actions.
- How will they be affected? (i.e., what are the possible consequences?)-It is difficult to gauge the significance of the alleged plagiarism. Certainly, the alleged victim has not received credit for his/her work. The college or university where the alleged plagiarist is employed may receive negative press and their reputation may be negatively impacted as a result of the plagiarist’s actions.
- What actions might be taken and what would the consequences of these actions be?- Certainly universities and colleges take plagiarism and other acts of professional misconduct by faculty very seriously. Depending on the rank and tenure-status of the alleged plagiarist, he/she might be censured or could even be fired if it indeed turns out that he/she plagiarized the webpage.
- Can anything be done to prevent this from reoccurring or to minimize the severity of the consequences?-Aside from education, it appears that there is little that can be done to prevent plagiarism. Certainly by the time one becomes a degreed professional, you are expected to know what plagiarism is. It is for this reason that the consequences of plagiarism are so severe.