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Ethical Behavior of Business Studentsat Bayview University - Case Study
During the global recession of 2008 and 2009, there were many accusations of unethicalbehavior by Wall Street executives, financial managers, and other corporate officers. At thattime, an article appeared that suggested that part of the reason for such unethical businessbehavior may stem from the fact that cheating has become more prevalent among businessstudents (Chronicle of Higher Education, February 10, 2009). The article reported that 56% ofbusiness students admitted to cheating at some time during their academic career as comparedto 47% of nonbusiness students. Cheating has been a concern of the dean of the College of Business at Bayview University forseveral years. Some faculty members in the college believe that cheating is more widespread atBayview than at other universities, while other faculty members think that cheating is not amajor problem in the college. To resolve some of these issues, the dean commissioned a studyto assess the current ethical behavior of business students at Bayview. As part of this study, ananonymous exit survey was administered to a sample of 90 business students from this year'sgraduating class. Responses to the following questions were used to obtain data regardingthree types of cheating. During your time at Bayview, did you ever present work copied off the Internet as your own?