EE 100 – Engineering and Ethics
Evaluation of Case Study (For Assignment submissions)
Please follow the steps when analyzing a case study and answer the questions in the assignments.
Step1: Describe the issues discussed in the case study. (write 1-2 paragraphs)
Read the case study and understand what the issues are presented and write it in your own
Step 2: Present the concepts and principles that could be applied to address those issues. (write 1-2
After understanding the issues in the case study, try to recall the concepts learned in the course
and think which principles are relevant and could be applied to this particular case.
Step 3: Analyze the case study using the principles. (write 1-2 paragraphs)
Once you are sure of the principles to be used to address the issue, then try to analyze the
problem using reasoning and multiple viewpoints.
Step 4: Discuss your solution to resolve the ethical issue. (write 1-2 paragraphs)
After analyzing the problem, you would come up with a solution to resolve the issue in a way
you think is best. Remember it’s your analysis and there might be different ways to resolve the
Step 5: Answer the questions asked in the assignment.
Don’t forget to answer the questions asked in the assignment as they carry points.
Case 21: Late Confession
In 1968, Norm Lewis was a 51 – year old doctoral candidate in history at the
University of Washington. While taking his final exam in the program, he excused
himself to go to the bathroom, where he looked at his notes. For the next 32 years,
Lewis told no one. At age 83, he decided to confess, and he wrote to the president of
the university admitting that he had cheated and that he had regretted it ever since.
Commenting on the case, Jeanne Wilson, president of the Center for Academic
Integrity remarked, “I think there is an important lesson here for students about the
costs of cheating. He has felt guilty all these years, and felt burdened by this secret,
believing that he never really earned the degree he was awarded.” Wilson’s position
is that the University of Washington should not take action against Lewis, given his
confession, his age, and the fact that, after all, he did complete his coursework and
But, she added, “On the other hand, I think an institution might feel compelled to
revoke the degree if we were talking about a medical or law degree or license, or
some other professional field such as engineering or education, and the individual
were younger and still employed on the basis of that degree or license.
Discuss the ethical issues this case raises, both for Dr. Lewis and for University of
Washington officials. Evaluate Jeanne Wilson’s analysis, especially as it might apply
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