Dr. Milton 's Thesis

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In case 9.15, graduate student, Sam is finishing up his master’s degree with his thesis work and is getting ready to start the research portion of the project. He has recently found out that his brother has terminal cancer and will probably not live past Christmas. Sam had wanted his brother to be present for his graduation ceremony as a way to say thank you for all the support he had received from him over the years. He knew that the only way his thesis would be done by the September deadline was if he fabricated parts of it. Sam chose to go ahead and conduct the interviews like he had originally planned, but decided to personally make up the questionnaires. He got it approved by his advisor, Dr. Milton, who was regarded as a good…show more content…
As a member of the faculty, Dr. Milton has an obligation to keep the institutions standards intact. Dr. Milton is a professional and if she does not follow the rules her integrity will be at risk. She is regarded as a thorough mentor. If it becomes known that she will look the other way for her students her reputation will be destroyed. It may not be specifically required for professors to report academic dishonesty, but there is a moral obligation to do so. Boston University’s academic conduct code explains the procedures that should be done if academic fraud takes place. It explains that faculty should speak with the student before reporting the violation to Assistant or Associate Dean (Academic Conduct Code, n.d.). The school and program has a conduct code that students must follow in order to keep their status as a student. This code details the procedures that should be executed in an academic dishonesty case. The Boston University academic conduct code discusses what constitutes as a violation of the code, defines the action that takes place on suspected violations and explains the penalties. The code also provides examples of academic dishonesty (Academic Conduct Code, n.d.). By committing academic fraud, Sam is in violation of these rules. By these standards committing academic fraud is unethical and should be made known to school officials. This case also informs us that Sam’s decision to be dishonest in his work comes after learning
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