The Scenarios:


  1. When purchasing a computer at BB the sales associate tells you that there is no need to buy virus protection because you can download trial versions at at no cost.  When the trial period expires, just download a new version.  When you question whether or not this is ethical, he replies: “Ethics are defined by society and society says this is acceptable or the software wouldn’t be there to download.”  NOTE:  The quote above may not be exact, but it is really close.  What should you do?


    1. Leave the store and buy your computer elsewhere, but do nothing else.
    2. Buy the computer anyway.  After all, you can’t change the way people think.
    3. Report the employee to the management of BB and suggest they offer a workshop in Computer Ethics for their sales associates.
    4. Report the employee to, knowing that they may remove the software from their website leaving people unable to try their product.
    5. Report the employee to both the management of BB and to
    6. A different solution …



  1. All computers at your school are required to have the school logo as a background.  This logo is gray on a bright white background and difficult on many people’s vision (headaches and even migraines have been reported).  The school technical support staff is made aware of the situation, but insist that the logo must stay on the desktop, despite the problem.  A member of the Computer Science department knows a way around the problem by hacking into each individual PC and offers to help his colleagues do this, even though this is a clear violation of school policy.   What should you do?


    1. Report your colleague to the technical support staff.
    2. Allow your colleague to violate school policy since it is in the best interest (and health) of other colleagues.
    3. Voice your concern to your department head and leave it at that.
    4. Voice your concern to the Dean and try to get the policy changed.  Keep in mind the Dean recently experienced the death of her spouse and is just returning to work.
    5. A different solution …



  1. A “security expert” for a midsize company is in charge of making sure the corporate database is secure from hackers.  To achieve this task, he is assigned the job of trying to hack into the system.  While doing this job, he discovers a colleague has left open several “back doors” to secure systems to make his personal access to the systems (which he is entitled to) significantly easier.  Because these back doors would also allow anyone who hacks the colleagues machine access to the secure servers, they are a clear violation of corporate policy.  What should the security expert do?  NOTE:  The ‘back door” enabled the colleague to access all of the servers without having to enter a user name and password.


    1. Nothing, they all work for the same company.
    2. Report the breach of security to the head of IS, know that the person may be reprimanded.
    3. Close the portal and say nothing.
    4. Close the portal and talk with the employee who violated security.
    5. A different solution …