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Running Head: ETHICAL DILEMMA PROPOSAL 1
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ETHICAL DILEMMA PROPOSAL 2
Ethical Dilemma Proposal
1. Problem Statement
An ethical dilemma is a situation in which involves a lack of a clear action to take due to
conflicting values. Solving this kind of dilemmas requires an individual to have a high moral
intelligence. Even though ethical dilemmas are challenging, having a clear decision making
framework can improve the decision making process. There are several advantages of
establishing a decision-making framework. First, it helps to make decisions quickly thereby
improving efficiency. Second, it improves the confidence to handle challenging decisions. Third,
it increases self-respect (Roberts, 2013).
2. Outcome and Performance
I first encountered an ethical dilemma in high school when my best friend decided to cheat in the
exam. To make it even more challenging for me, he asked if he could copy my research project
that I had done the previous year. He grew up in, and an orphanage after his parents passed away
when he was a young boy. He was also a beneficiary of a government sponsorship program. I
was in a dilemma because I valued my friendship with him while at the same time, I knew that it
was unethical. If I allowed him to copy my research, this would constitute to breaking the rules
and regulations of the school. Nevertheless, it this cheating would not present any harm to
anyone including myself.
3. Structure
Cheating is a general problem in many educational institutions all over the world. This is despite
the existence of very strict rules and regulations (Johnson, 2009). As such, many students do not
see any harm in engaging in this practice. Are they right? From an ethical standpoint, how does
cheating measure up? Is it right or wrong?
4. Representation of Data
Let us illustrate this with an example. Two friends, John and James are studying together. They
are in the same school and the same class, but they have different strengths in different subjects.
John is good in mathematics, computers and science. James is good in history, languages and
philosophy. They care a lot about each other and wish each other the best in life. They study
together and help each other to improve each other’s weaknesses. John improves James’ science
papers by rewriting them. In return, James will copy John’s mathematics homework. When both
are taking exams, they position each other so that each can easily copy answers from the other
one’s work. They do this so that they can improve each other’s weakness. It is a perfect
arrangement. Both are getting good grades which none can achieve solely. On one, hand, this
looks like a good friendship because they are helping each other. On the other hand, they are
engaging in a massive cheating scandal. What is unethical about this?
5. Theoretical Evidence
One of the primary functions of ethics is to evaluate a particular action against a primary
standard of a person’s well being, satisfaction, and happiness in life. Ethical issues arise when we
need these things. These needs fall into two categories, i.e. particular material conditions and the
condition and manner of our treatment. We evaluate to see which is on the line. Once we see a
threat to any of the needs, we resort to dismissing the ethical standards and plan how to satisfy
our lives (Gates, 2013).
6. Empirical Evidence
Going back to our example, we can see several reasons why this is an ethical problem. One can
conclude that there is deception because one student is claiming the other’s work as his own,
which is also manipulating the professor and breaking an agreement. This also brings inequality

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