You will now review the same scenarios from the morality test
you have already taken. You will have 30 seconds to review
each scenario. After you have reviewed each scenario, you will
then be shown a number of advice statements suggesting
alternative ways of considering the moral issues described in
the scenario, in order to improve your test performance. Each
advice statement has been endorsed by another student, who
has also taken the same test. You will have nine seconds to
view each advice statement, along with the advisor’s score.
After viewing each advice statement, your job will then be to
assess the utility of each statement, and indicate your
assessment on the scoring sheet provided. You will not have a
chance to review any statements for which you did not provide
a response. Be sure to think carefully about each statement
before scoring. Some statements appear more than once.
Inconsistent assessments of repeated statements may
significantly reduce your compensation for participating.
Scenario 1: “Student Club”
It is recruitment time for my student club.
All new members must be approved by a
vote of 90% of the membership. I have
been a member for one year and I am
considered being groomed for a leadership
position. My roommate wants to join.
After the introduction party where
members meet those who want to join, I
heard several older members making fun
of my roommate.
Scenario 2: “Plagiarism”
I work for the student newspaper and have
labored for several weeks on a series of
articles on violence and the media. My articles
are due to be published in two weeks. This
morning I saw my roommate’s term paper on
the kitchen table. As I glanced through the
paper, I recognized parts of it and realized that
my roommate had copied word for word a
sizable portion of my article. If my articles are
published, my roommate’s plagiarism will be
discovered and his/her graduation will be
Scenario 3: “Karen”
My friend Karen and I are in a class together.
This class is required for graduation, and this is
the only time it is being offered this year.
Karen flunked the first test, but made an “A”
on her paper and midterm. I have been
working very hard in this class but have made
only “Bs” so far. Last night Karen confided in
me that the professor had taken a “personal
interest” in her and that he had asked her to
spend the night with him in exchange for an
“A” in the class.
Scenario 4: “Morgan”
I have been married to Morgan for two years. We are both
in college and do not have children. Three months ago
Morgan was diagnosed as having cancer. The recommended
treatment was intensive chemotherapy. Luckily, our
insurance covers the medical bills. Morgan has asked me
not to tell his/her parents about the cancer because
Morgan feels that they would interfere with the course of
treatment and demand that Morgan move home. I
promised not to tell Morgan’s parents but the treatments
are creating changes that are very hard to deal with.
Morgan’s parents are perplexed by Morgan’s recent
demeanor and blame it on our marriage, of which they
were never very supportive.
Scenario 5: “Administrator”
As the editor of the college newspaper, I decide
which stories are published. One of our reporters
has just turned in a story about a university
administrator who has been diverting student
fees for his own personal use. I assume that the
story is accurate. I called the administrator’s
house to speak with him about the discovery and
to tell him we were going public with the story.
His wife informed me that he was at the hospital
with their child who is terminally ill. The deadline
to run the story is midnight.
Scenario 6: “Richard”
My brother Richard has been dating Amy for
two years. They have talked casually about
getting married after college. We all go to
the same college and see each other
frequently. Early this morning I saw Amy
kissing my neighbor Michael as she was
leaving his apartment. Obviously Amy had
spent the night at his place.
Scenario 7: “Parents”
My parents, after 30 years of a somewhat
rocky marriage, are going through a divorce.
My mother has been involved with another
man for several years and has decided to
leave the marriage. She seems very happy
with her decision. Each of my parents wants
me to spend semester break at his or her
particular home, but my father will be very
upset if I go to my mother’s because her
“friend” will be there.