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.

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 some type of cheating.

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 the internet.

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 copying off another's exam.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. What advice would you give to the dean based upon your analysis of the data?

8. 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: A title page 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. Be sure to submit your Excel file as well.

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

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