Knowledge is considered as power. The Internet has become a repository for knowledge. What happens when that information is considered harmful (e.g. how to make bombs, how to hack, etc.)? Society would wish that this information is not made available via the Internet, but the spread of information cannot be stopped -- Stagg & Warren

Scenario 1: Deadly Information

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Several students have discovered a web site that promotes anorexia as a lifestyle choice rather than an eating disorder. It includes tips for weight loss, pictures that glamorize the anorexic look, a discussion board members use to support one another, and other material that promotes “anorexic pride.” School counselors have asked that this site and others like it be blocked on the school network. They point out that anorexia is a deadly disease and that some students are particularly susceptible to this type of misinformation.


1. What is wrong with this scenario?

2. Is it right for people to share information online like the one here without government approval?

3. What should the school counselor do to avoid this in the future?

Scenario 2: Alteration of Grade

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A student received a low grade on an exam problem because he didn’t know how to solve it during the test. Afterward, he asks a friend who got a high score if he could borrow her test in order to see what he did wrong. He whites out the friend’s name on the problem in question, writes his name on the page, replaces the page in his test with his friend’s, and submits the exam to the teaching assistant to be regarded, since it appears that they missed that problem when adding up his score.


1. What is the problem here?

2. What would you do if you find yourself in this situation?

3. Who is fooling who here?

Scenario 3: Unauthorized Collaboration

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An independent homework assignment involves solving a tricky design problem and everyone in the class is stumped. The syllabus states that students are not allowed to work together on homework assignments. Two students discuss a possible approach on the way to the student center. Then they each complete the implementation independently that evening.

1. Are the students wrong here?

2. If so, why and why not?

3. Is there anything wrong with collaboration?


Scenario 4: Plagiarism

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A student is ill during an exam and must take a makeup. His class study partner gives him the solutions.


1. What is the problem here?

2. Is the study partner helping the friend?

3. What should the study partner do?

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