Ethical Behavior of Business Students at Rocky University

During the global recession of 2008 and 2009, there were many accusations of unethical behavior by Wall Street executives, financial managers, and other corporate officers. At that time, an article appeared that suggested that part of the reason for such unethical business behavior may stem from the fact that cheating has become more prevalent among business students. The article reported that 86% of business students admitted to cheating at some time during their academic career as compared to 77% of non-business students.

Cheating has been a concern of the dean of the College of Business at Rocky University for several years. Some faculty members in the college believe that cheating is more widespread at Rocky than at other universities, while other faculty members think that cheating is not a major problem in the college. To resolve some of these issues, the dean commissioned a study to assess the current ethical behavior of business students at Rocky. As part of this study, an anonymous exit survey was administered to a sample of 90 business students from this year’s graduating class. Responses to the following questions were used to obtain data regarding three types of cheating.

During your time at Rocky, did you ever present work copied off the Internet as your own?

Yes        

No         

During your time at Rocky, did you ever copy answers off another student’s exam?

Yes        

No         

During your time at Rocky, did you ever collaborate with other students on projects that were supposed to be completed individually?

Yes        

No         

Any student who answered yes to one or more of these questions was considered to have been involved in some type of cheating. The complete data set is in the file named Rocky.

Managerial Report

Prepare a report (see below) for the dean of the college that summarizes your assessment of the nature of cheating by business students at Rocky University. Be sure to include the following seven (7) items in your report.

  1. To summarize the data, compute the proportion of all students the proportion of all male students, and the proportion of all female students that presented

    a. Work copied off the internet as their own
    b. Copied answers off another student’s exam
    c. Collaborated with other students on projects that were supposed to be completed individually. 

Then comment on your findings.

  1. Develop 95% confidence intervals for the proportion of all students, the proportion of all male students, and the proportion of all female students who were involved in some type of cheating.
  2. Develop 95% confidence intervals for the proportion of all students, the proportion of all male students, and the proportion of all female students who were involved in copying off the internet.
  3. Develop 95% confidence intervals for the proportion of all students, the proportion of all male students, and the proportion of all female students who were involved in copying off another’s exam.
  4. Develop 95% confidence intervals for the proportion of all students, the proportion of all male students, and the proportion of all female students who were involved in collaborating on individual project.
  5. Conduct a hypothesis test to determine if the proportion of all business students at Rocky University who were not involved in some type of cheating is less than that of all business students elsewhere.  Use α = 0.05.
  6. What advice would you give to the dean based upon your analysis of the data?

Write a report that adheres to the Written Assignment Requirements under the heading . Items that should be included, but are not limited to are a title page, an introduction, a body which answers the questions posed in the problem and a conclusion paragraph that addresses your findings and what you have determined from the data and your analysis.  As with all written assignments you should have in-text citations and a reference page too.  Please include any tables of calculations, calculated values and graphs associated with this problem in the body. 

NOTE:  Submitting your Excel file will aid in grading with partial credit if errors are found in the paper.

Be sure that your report contains the following:

  • An introduction
  • A body of the paper that answers the questions posed in the problem and calculations and graphs associated with this problem. 
  • A conclusion paragraph that addresses your findings and what you have determined from the data and your analysis. 

 

Student Copied from Internet Copied on Exam Collaborated on Individual Project Gender
1 NO NO YES Female
2 YES YES NO Male
3 YES NO NO Male
4 YES YES YES Female
5 YES YES NO Male
6 YES YES NO Female
7 NO NO YES Male
8 NO NO NO Female
9 NO NO YES Female
10 NO NO NO Female
11 NO NO NO Male
12 NO YES NO Female
13 NO YES YES Male
14 NO NO YES Male
15 NO YES YES Female
16 NO YES NO Female
17 NO YES YES Female
18 NO YES NO Female
19 YES YES YES Male
20 NO YES YES Male
21 YES NO NO Male
22 NO YES YES Female
23 NO YES NO Male
24 NO NO YES Female
25 YES YES YES Male
26 YES YES NO Female
27 YES NO NO Male
28 NO NO YES Female
29 YES YES NO Female
30 YES NO YES Female
31 NO YES NO Female
32 YES YES YES Male
33 YES YES NO Female
34 NO NO NO Female
35 NO YES NO Female
36 NO YES NO Male
37 NO NO NO Male
38 NO YES YES Male
39 YES NO YES Female
40 NO NO NO Female
41 YES NO NO Male
42 NO NO NO Male
43 YES YES YES Female
44 NO YES YES Male
45 YES NO YES Female
46 YES YES YES Male
47 NO YES NO Male
48 NO YES NO Female
49 NO YES YES Female
50 NO NO YES Male
51 YES YES NO Male
52 YES NO NO Female
53 YES NO YES Female
54 NO YES YES Female
55 NO NO NO Male
56 NO NO NO Female
57 YES YES NO Female
58 NO NO NO Male
59 YES NO YES Female
60 YES YES NO Female
61 NO YES NO Male
62 YES NO YES Male
63 NO NO YES Female
64 NO NO YES Male
65 YES NO NO Male
66 YES NO YES Male
67 NO YES YES Male
68 NO NO NO Female
69 NO NO YES Female
70 NO YES YES Male
71 NO YES YES Male
72 NO NO YES Male
73 NO YES NO Male
74 NO NO NO Male
75 YES NO NO Male
76 YES NO YES Female
77 NO NO YES Female
78 NO NO YES Female
79 YES YES YES Male
80 NO YES YES Male
81 NO NO YES Male
82 YES YES NO Male
83 YES YES YES Female
84 NO YES YES Male
85 NO YES YES Male
86 NO NO YES Male
87 NO NO YES Male
88 YES YES YES Male
89 NO YES YES Male
90 90 NO NO NO Male

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