• Professors Qualitative and Quantitative

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/socqual.aspx   Students A and B, roommates, work as research assistants (20 hrs/week) for Professors Qual and Quant, respectively.  Student B is being listed as s...
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  • Plagiarism in a Grant Proposal

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/plag.aspx   A doctoral student making steady progress on her research has written and submitted to the group a report on some experimental work.  Another group in...
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  • Scenarios on Plagiarism

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/plagiarism.aspx   This includes several situations in which issues of plagiarism might arise (working in groups, English skills, literature from outside fields). ...
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  • Whose Intellectual Property?

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/prop.aspx   Three Research Assistants nearing graduation discuss setting up a company which would bring their research to commercial fruition.  Their advisor rece...
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  • When May a Student Publish?

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/publish.aspx   A first-year Research Assistant has an idea for modifying his experiment which will better control for a variable.  He wishes to write a short pape...
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  • Getting a Recommendation

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/rec.aspx   A Ph.D. candidate nearing graduation is requested to send to a prospective employer recommendation letters from his adviser and his two committee members.&#...
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  • Data in a Press Release

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/release.aspx   A colleague at your institution issues a press release which includes some of your unpublished data. The release results in an article in a widely read ...
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  • Choosing Reviewers

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/reviewers.aspx   A journal editor receives a paper with great potential significance in a new, fast-moving subfield covered by his journal.  Because of the small ...
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  • How Should Undergraduates Acknowledge Research Aid

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/resaid.aspx   Two undergraduates having problems making a temperature measurement are discussing this with a graduate student from another area who tells them of a new...
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  • Risks to the Data

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/risks.aspx   As a graduate student you saw or knew of several cases in which important data was lost or accidentally destroyed by taking it out of the lab.  As a ...
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  • Data Sharing and Intellectual Property in Bioinformatics

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/seques.aspx   Because of the potential for profit from their research, many investigators are unwilling to share data.  Officials at your university have suggeste...
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  • The Problem of Similar Manuscripts

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/similar.aspx   A journal editor receives a paper and sends it for review to the three experts in the field. The next day he receives a similar paper, with some differe...
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  • Professors Big and Small

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/socbig.aspx   Student C has worked for four years with Professor Big; on a paper being completed for publication Big is to be first author, student C to be sixth autho...
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  • Exportation of Risk: The Case of Bhopal

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/Bhopal.aspx   Not a case study per se, but a recount of the Bhopal, India disaster where a Union Carbide plant leaked methyl isocyanate, causing 3000 deaths.  The ...
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  • Inez Austin-Protecting the Public Safety at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/BehavingWell/austinind ex.aspx   From the OEC web page:  “This page presents the case of whistleblower Inez Austin as an example of someone who...
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  • Roger Boisjoly – The Challenger Disaster

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/BehavingWell/RB-intro. aspx   Although not a case study per se, this is nonetheless an excellent read giving insight to the strenuous arguments that the e...
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  • Requested to Falsify Data

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/Falsify.aspx   The chemical spill was just large enough to require an official report to be filed to the state.  Stephanie’s boss was tired of environmental...
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  • Disposing of Toxic Waste

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/Toxic.aspx   Bryan is a summer co-op student told to dump 25 gallons of toxic coolant down the drain.  His supervisor says that’s the way they have always d...
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  • Occupational Health

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/Health.aspx   Workers are having adverse reactions to chemicals in the plant. The plant is in compliance for those chemicals that OSHA requires monitoring.  Don d...
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  • What Job You Can Accept

    http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases/Accept.aspx   Gerald’s family owns an organic farm.  He is graduating with a chemical engineering degree and has a lucrative job offer from a company that r...
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