Friday, November 6, 2009

Save Your Soul at a Tennessee University by Not Cheating

A business professor who thought cheating occurred in his MBA class at Middle Tennessee State had students sign an honor code stating they would go to hell if they cheated ("Pledge Condemns Cheaters to Hell, MTSU Students Asked to Sign," (Nashville, TN), November 4, 2009). Some of Thomas Tang's students reported the incident to the department chair. In the video that accompanied the story, it was mentioned that the first part of the honor code included a listing of the 10 Commandments followed by the paragraph about going to hell if students cheated. The professor stated that he was "trying to raise standards" and that he was concerned about the suspected cheating especially since the class recently completed a chapter on ethics.

Discussion Questions:
  1. Would you sign a document pledging to not cheat in class? Why or why not?
  2. If a professor suspected an individual cheated in class, what would be the best way to handle the situation?
  3. Have you ever reported other people you saw cheating in class? Why or why not?
  4. Does it matter to you if other people cheat or plagiarize in a class you're taking? Why or why not?

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