The Dilemma Choice

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Sam Cook

September 5, 2015

Dilemma Plagiarism

DeVry University

Professor Wallis

Examination of a Dilemma on Plagiarism Recently while in my dorm room doing my homework trying not to be distracted by my roommate I noticed him on the particular website. I peered over in his direction to get a better view of what he was looking at and I was shocked. I wheeled my chair over to his desk and looked at him with an expression of “are you serious” He shrugged his shoulders and said “what”. I said to him “I know you’re not going to do what I think you’re going to do”. I explained to him the importance of doing his own work and writing that using someone else’s ideas or writings is an ethical violation. It’s a form of theft. “Plagiarism is passing off other people's ideas or words as one's own. It is doubly offensive in that it both steals and deceives” Ruggiero, V. (01/2011). He continued to look through the website which offered all kinds and research papers and term papers. I ask him do you have values. What are your core values? He looked at me peculiarly as if I shouldn’t be asking him such a question. He told me that he does and the only reason he is thinking about purchasing a term paper is so he can focus more time on his other classes and be able to complete all assignments. I reminded him of the school honor code and possibility of being caught and failing as well as being possibly expelled. I also told him that in my opinion he’s rationalizing why he is thinking about purchasing a term paper or justifying un-ethical behavior. He asked me what I meant and told him you think it’s necessary, it’s ethical. It the false assumption that if something, like his term paper, is necessary it doesn’t make a difference how your assignment done. This kind of thinking is an ends justifies the means reasoning. I asked him how you would…...

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