The question of is it acceptable for a student to use a solutions manual to answer a problem or case lies at the core of the Delta State Graduate Catalog. According to the Delta State Graduate Catalog, the university expects all students to adhere to the highest moral academic standards while attending the university. In compliance with this policy, it would be unethical for a student to use a solutions manual to help solve any problem or case assigned.
Using a solutions manual would fall under the definition of cheating that is clearly outlined in the Delta State Graduate Catalog. In an example listed it states the use of notes or any other aid not specifically allowed or approved by ...view middle of the document...
Honesty is defined as fairness and straightforwardness of conduct by the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Using a solutions manual would not be an honest representation of work completed by the individual. The definition of fair by Merriam-Webster dictionary states fair as agreeing with what is thought to be right or acceptable. The use of a solutions manual would not be considered either right or acceptable under IMA ethical guidelines. Responsibility can be defined as something that you should do because it is morally right (Merriam-Webster dictionary). As a member of the IMA, a student could not consider it morally right to use a solutions manual on a final exam without permission.
IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice lists four standards to help guide each member on ethical matters. These standards include competence, confidentiality, integrity, and credibility (“IMA Statement of Ethical”). Compliance with all four of these standards is expected by all IMA members. According to the IMA, disciplinary action may take place if a member is found to violate one of the standards.
Competence allows each person to act effectively in a job or situation according to buisnessdictionary.com. The first responsibility of competence according to the IMA Statement of Ethical Professional Practice is maintaining an appropriate level of professional expertise by continually developing knowledge and skills. A student is not capable of developing new skills by simply copying solutions from a manual. The student should take the time to work each problem individually to gain a full understanding and working knowledge of the problem or case.
According to BusinessDictionary.com, integrity is defined as a strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in transparent honesty and complete harmony in what one thinks, says, and does. The third point listed under integrity by IMA states members should abstain from engaging in or supporting any activity that might discredit the profession. By a student using a solution manual, integrity is placed in question.
Credibility is the fourth standard of ethical professional practice. As defined by Merriam-Webster, credibility is the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest. A student who attempt to cheat by using a solutions manual, not only loses personal credibility, but the credibility the...