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Academic Integrity Tutorial: Before you Begin

The Big Picture

Before you begin, ask yourself whether you have ever

  • downloaded music from the internet?
  • cheated on a test?
  • made up a citation or reference?
  • copied a friend's homework?
  • left a restaurant without paying?

If you were to rank order these from least severe to most severe, which would be at the top? Consider why some acts of dishonesty seem less serious than others.


Watch the following video about rationalizations. It sheds some light on why we may behave ethically in some situations and not others.

Source: Rationalizations - Ethics Unwrapped McCombs School of Business is part of a free online educational video series about ethics
licensed through YouTube by The University of Texas at Austin.