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					   IT Ethics

     MIS 3003
Introduction to MIS
                       Definitions
   Moral
       Social conventions about right/wrong
       Vary by age, cultural group, etc.

   Ethic
       Beliefs regarding right/wrong
       Influenced by family, religion, education, etc.

   Law
       Legislated by governing body
    Rights to Information – Mason
                 1986
   Privacy
   Accuracy
   Property
   Access
                   Privacy
   “concerned with what information an
    individual should have to reveal to others
    through the course of employment or
    through other transactions such as online
    shopping”
                  Accuracy

   “concerned with the authenticity and
    fidelity of information, as well as
    identifying who is responsible for
    informational errors that harm people”
                 Property

   “focuses on who owns information about
    individuals and how information can be
    sold and exchanged”
                   Access

   “focuses on defining what information a
    person or organization has the right to
    obtain about others and how this
    information can be accessed and used”
                         Scenario A
It is 11:00 p.m. and Susan is Facebook chatting with her friends. She
has not started writing her research essay due the next day. One of
her friends suggests finding papers on the subject from the Internet.
Susan takes her friend’s suggestion and copies and pastes three
paragraphs exactly from a website and places them in her essay. She
puts the URL at the end of the three paragraphs referencing the web
site, but does not include any quotation marks. She continues by
adding some paragraphs of her own to the writing. Even though
University policy indicates that all material taken directly from sources
must be quoted, Susan feels that the URL placed at the end of the
paragraphs is sufficient.
                          Scenario B
Students in Professor Ziegler’s management information systems class are
required to complete a group project via a chat room as one of their
assignments. Professor Ziegler announces to the class that it is important that
each member of the group work on the project equally as the group will
receive only one grade, and only those teammates that do contribute equally
should receive credit for the assignment. Group One consists of four members,
Alyssa, Brian, Carole, and David. One week before the project is due, all four
members met electronically in a chat room, each individually participated, and
together they completed half of the project. The night before the project is
due, the members meet via chat room again to complete their project. Brian,
Carole, and David each contribute equally during the session. Alyssa logs into
the chat room but does not contribute. The other members work for over two
hours and send her repeated messages, but she never responds. The next
day, Alyssa arrives to class with no excuse for her lack of contribution during
the online chat session. The group turns in the assignment with all four names
on the cover page.
                           Scenario C
Sara is a senior at ABC University. She has earned very good grades and
participates in a number of extracurricular activities. She is beginning the job
search process to seek a full time position after graduation. She joins two
online job placement websites. These sites allow her to post her resume,
search through job openings, and they also send her weekly updates of new
jobs that match her interests. The job placement websites also have message
boards and chat rooms for fellow job hunters to share advice and
encouragement. Sara notices several advertisements on these websites that
offer services to job seekers. Since some of her job applications require a
written essay, she is especially interested in one website that offers an essay-
editing service for a fee. Sara posts a question on the discussion board to find
out if anyone else has used this service. After receiving several good reviews,
Sara writes her essay and then uploads it to the service and pays her fee. A
week later, the revised essay is e-mailed to Sara. The essay had been
changed substantially. Sara’s original idea was there, but most of the writing
was new. She realized this essay was much better than her original and
submitted it with her job application and resume.
                Scenario D

Just for fun, Alice (a high school senior) tells
other people in an on-line chat room that
she is a registered nurse. The people in the
chat room have begun emailing her health-
related questions and Alice is answering the
questions.
                    Scenario E
Jennie and Grace are rooming together in the freshmen
dorm, and the two of them seem to be getting along well.
They are both in the room when Grace needs to leave to
take laundry from the dryer. While she is gone, Grace
receives a text message on her phone which she has left in
the dorm room. Jennie reads the text message. The
message is from one of Grace’s friends asking how the
“snobby” roommate is working out. This upsets Jennie so
she posts a comment to Facebook regarding Grace’s
weekend escapades. The Facebook comments are viewed
by prospective sorority sisters. Grace is not invited to join
any of the sororities.
                     Scenario F
Victoria is registered for Introduction to Business Statistics
for the next semester. The textbook is available at the
university bookstore or as an e-book from the publisher’s
website. Instead of purchasing the textbook or paying the
e-book fee, Victoria’s friend, Susan, sends Victoria her login
and password for the e-book in an instant message so that
Victoria can download it prior to the first day of class.
Victoria logs into the system using Susan’s login and
password; then she prints the e-book for the first day of
class.
                   Scenario G
Sam and Ginger are both taking an advanced visual basic
programming class this semester. According to the class
syllabus, each assignment is to be done individually and
not in groups. They have been working individually on a
project for the class for several days and are having
difficulty getting either of their own programs to run
correctly. Around 2 am on the day the project is due, they
agree via a text message to work together. They decide to
combine their efforts and skills, pull the best parts from
each individual project, debug the problem spots and turn
in the project as their individual work.
                    Scenario H
Professor Smith is reviewing the final papers in his
management class. He turned the papers into turnitin.com
to check for plagiarism prior to reading them. When
reviewing the turnitin.com reports, he learns that Jason has
42% of his paper copied directly from various Internet
sites. As a result, Professor Smith gives Jason a zero on
the paper and reports him to the college on charges of
academic misconduct.
                    Scenario 1
A programmer at a bank realized that he had accidentally
overdrawn his checking account. He made a small
adjustment in the bank’s accounting system so that his
account would not have an additional service charge
assessed. As soon as he made a deposit that made his
balance positive again, he corrected the bank’s accounting
system.

The programmer’s modification of the accounting system
was acceptable or unacceptable?

If you were the programmer, what is the probability that
you would have modified the accounting system? (highly
probable, probably, improbable, highly improbable)
                    Scenario 2
A computer programmer enjoyed building small computer
applications to give his friends. He would frequently go to
his office on Saturday when no one was working and use
his employer’s computer to develop computer applications.
He did not hide the fact that he was going into the
building; he had to sign a register at a security desk each
time he entered.

The programmer’s use of the company’s computer was
acceptable or unacceptable?

If you were the programmer, what is the probability that
you would have used the company’s computer on your own
time to develop programs for your friends? (highly
probable, probably, improbable, highly improbable)
                        Scenario 3
Students in Professor Ziegler’s business class are required to complete
a group project as one of their assignments. Professor Ziegler
announces to the class that it is important that each member of the
group work on the project as the group will receive only one grade.
Group One consists of four members, Alyssa, Brian, Carole, and Dan.
The night before the project is due, the members decide to meet
electronically in a chat room to discuss and complete their project.
Alyssa never logs into the chat room. The other members work for
over two hours and send her repeated messages, but she never
responds. The next day, the group turns in the assignment with all
four names on the cover page.

The group turning in the assignment will all four names was acceptable
or unacceptable?

If you were a member of the group, what is the probability that you
would have turned in the assignment with all four names? (highly
probable, probably, improbable, highly improbable)
                        Scenario 4
George needed help desperately. He owed the university library $150 in
fines. He was in this mess because he had been under such severe
stress from his course he had forgotten to renew his books. Coupled
with this he was worried about his ill mother. The bills were mounting
up; he needed to buy plane tickets to visit his ill mother. He couldn’t
ignore the problem any longer. George knew that his friend Tony had
already broken into the library system to change his own account
several times. George asked Tony to break into the library computer
system and delete the fine on his record making it look as though he
had paid the fine. Tony complied.

Tony’s modification of the library system was acceptable or
unacceptable?

If you were Tony, what is the probability that you would have modified
the library system? (highly probable, probably, improbable, highly
improbable)
                    Scenario 5
Luke is shopping online for some textbooks. He orders one
textbook from a website. When he receives his order, he
notices that he has received two textbooks, one of which
he did not order. However, his invoice statement indicates
that he has only been charged for one textbook. Luke
decides to keep both textbooks.

Luke keeping both textbooks was acceptable or
unacceptable?

If you were Luke, what is the probability that you would
have kept both textbooks? (highly probable, probably,
improbable, highly improbable)

				
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