Ethics Case Study on Cheating and Technology

Cheating and Technology


Technologies have been expanding and advancing increasingly due to modernization and globalization. Consequently, students are under pressure from parents, instructors, friends, potential employers and colleagues to succeed. As a result, they have embraced technological growth to device measures they can undertake to guarantee success through cheating. For example, they are using cell phones commonly referred to as smart phones during examinations to cheat and guarantee passing and success. Thus, students are disregarding the aspect of ethics to guide their life decisions, actions, and engagements. For example, student strictly respecting and upholding religious and cultural ethics can affirm being guilty of cheating. They claim failure is not acceptable in the social setting. As a result, the pressure is leading them to cheat. This essay therefore seeks to discuss factors allied to technological growth encouraging students to cheat.


Students have provided different reasons in attempts to justify their unethical decisions to cheat during to fulfill their schoolwork requirements. In United States, students assert that technological growth and advancements is making it easy for them to cheat. For example, they use their smart phones to access the internet and copy answers. They claim that competition to succeed is stiff. As a result, they do not believe failing is an option. Students also believe cheating guarantees, they will achieve their personal and professional goals and objectives. Some students also claimed they cheat because their peers are also engaging in the unethical activity. Thus, peer pressure and demands to succeed attribute to the rising cases of cheating. In order to address this issue, students should be supported rather than pressured to succeed. Consequently, they can enhance their self-esteem and confidence hence, believing in their skills, abilities, and talents to succeed without necessary cheating. Ultimately, parents and instructors should stop pressuring and being too demanding. Consequently, students can begin relying on their mental capacities rather than technologies to succeed (Tim 1).

The case teaches various lessons in order to encourage cheaters to put an end to the unethical cheating habits. Personally, I have learnt cheating is an unethical habit that corrupts morals. It also hinders students to exercise their strengths and abilities in order to enhance their skills and talents. Cheating also denies an individual the opportunity to identify strong and weak areas. Consequently, it is possible for an individual to undertake a job position without the abilities, skills, and will to meet and fulfill its duties and responsibilities. Thus, I have learnt cheating is a quick, corrupt and unethical habit denying students an opportunity to empower themselves.  As a result, the case study has inspired me to change and put an end to the unethical habits related to cheating. Ultimately, it has inspired me to use technologies to advance my mental skills through research in order to pass and succeed in school without cheating (Jeffrey 2).

The Islamic context relies on Quran to determine ethical or khuluq concepts. Islamic ethical concepts include goodness, righteousness, equity, justice, truth, and approval. The behavior if cheating however corrupts and disregards these concepts. Foremost, cheating does not promote goodness or khayr and righteousness or birr. Instead, it supports evil actions that do not lead to righteous bur rather selfish results. Cheating also does not promote equity or qist. This is because students without technological tools to cheat are likely to achieve lower grades than those who cheat. Thus, cheating neither promotes equity or justice as the honest students will be regarded as lower achievers. Hence, cheating hinders haqq or rightful and truthful approvals or ma’ruf to be identified. Ultimately, cheating does not promote or perfect good morals and ethics governing human life (Al-Hasan, Faridahwati and Kamil 9).

Kantian ethics absolutely prohibit immoral, unjust, corrupt, selfish, and degrading actions. The prohibition persists even if such actions are bound to derive more happiness or success. Thus, Kantian Ethics are based on the process of making rational decisions supporting, encouraging and enhancing a person’s will to engage in a particular activity. The activity undertaken however has to respect the aspects and goals promoting humanity without motivating human beings to be selfish, corrupt, and just. Thus, students may believe they choose to cheat based on the rational decision and will to succeed. They however have to acknowledge cheating corrupts, degrades and disrespects goals promoting humanity within the society. They should therefore embrace honesty and hard work in order to achieve truthful and righteous grades. The school grades should therefore be based on students’ will, strength, dedication, and ability as well as respect, justice, and morals to ensure they promote worthiness and diversity in the society (Dave 3).


Students should be motivated to engage in activities promoting morals, humanity, equality, and justice. These ethical concepts cannot be achieved through cheating. However, technological growth can be utilized to promote and enhance ethics in schools and societies. The teachers and parents or guardians should therefore ensure that, students utilize technologies improve their performance without cheating. This can motivate the students to use technologies to study through research rather than acquiring answers illegally and unethically while undertaking the examinations.


Works Cited

Al-Hasan, Al-Aidaros, Faridahwati Mohd, and Kamil Idris. Ethics and Ethical Theories from an Islamic Perspective. International Journal of Islamic Thoughts, 4(1), 1-13, 2013. Print.

Dave, Yount. Immanuel Kant’s Ethical Theory: Rights and Duties. MESA Community College, 2012. Print.

Jeffrey, Young. Reading Case: Cheating and Technology. Department of Management, Marketing and Public Administration, University of Sharjah. print.

Tim, Walker. What can be done about Student Cheating? 2012. Web June 2015: