Ghost writing is a term used to describe a situation where students submit work for assessment that was written by someone else. The original author is not mentioned and the student claims that they wrote it themselves. This is a very serious form of academic misconduct.
You are a student at Central Queensland University. Getting your degree is important to you as you want to get good grades so that you can get a good job. It is imperative to you that you work hard to create all the assessment submissions yourself except when it is a group assessment. It is by working hard to achieve good grades that you will ensure that you are best-placed to successfully apply for a good job. Recently you heard that some students in your class who you are friendly with are paying Ghost writers to complete their assessment items. This concerns you as you think they will get good grades for their assessment items when they have not written the assessment themselves. This is not fair to all those students who wrote the assessment themselves. You feel that you should tell the lecturer what your friends are doing but you are scared of losing your friends.
Write about 400 words (in 2 – 3 paragraphs) outlining how you will respond to this ethical dilemma – do not explain the situation again. Consider your options in this hypothetical scenario. What will you do in this situation? Will you tell the lecturer or someone else at CQU or will you decide not to tell anyone because you do not want to lose your friends? Or will you take any other actions? Explain what you will do and the reasons for your actions, referring to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or the ACS Code of Professional Conduct (aCS documents). You must correctly reference the document/s using the CQU APA style and cite them in-text.
Note that you should not use any other references for this assessment item than the ACS documents. If you use different references, it will not increase your marks. If you do not use the ACS document/s as your reference/s or do not refer to them, you will lose marks. You do not need to refer to the all ethical elements and sub-elements in these documents. Select only the element/s relevant to your answer.
Ghost writing is an ethical dilemma, and my friends had made serious academic misconduct which is now going to affect the effort of other students. When I show my friends are taking the help of ghost writer to complete their assessment, I thought first to inform my lecturer, but somewhere in my mind, I thought that if I complain I will lose my friends. I thought a lot about it then decided to make my friends understand that it would not be fair to complete the assessment through a ghost writer. By this, they would not be able to gain the skills and knowledge about the subject, and later in future, they might face the problem. In this case, if my friends listen to it then well and good but still if they continue then I would be left with only choice to inform my lecturer about it. As it is affecting the effort of other students, who are completing their assessment by their own.
As the member of the ACS Code of Professional Conduct, I have considered the enhancement of Quality of Life, Honesty, Professional Development and Professionalism as a key element to avoid such ethical dilemma (Graham & Low, 2018). If I consider the enhancement of Quality of Life from the ACS Code of Professional Conduct, then it plays a very important role in the ICT particularly for the negative effect and with disabilities. My friends are just finding an easy way to get good marks but are it making their life or ruining it they are not able to realise. Thus to enhance their Quality of Life, taking this step can some way change their thinking and learning style. Another student will be personally satisfied that their efforts are not gone waste as they all are trying to put their self-effort to get a good job. Another ethical value is, to be honest. Ghost written assessment are misleading my friends. They are not only impacting their career but also setting a bad example for the juniors who will also again follow the same ways to workout with their assessment without making any effort. I am those friends who can understand what I would be doing is not unfair will not leave me. I will instead try to help them even to complete their assessment if they make a little effort by themselves. Professionally if I think, it will encourage my friends to develop their skill and knowledge by continuing the professional development in the ICT. Every student who has completed their assessment with self-effort must get the opportunity to grow in their career paths
Graham, R., & Low, G. (2018). ACS Code of Professional Conduct Professional Standards Board Australian Computer Society [EBook]. Ruth Graham, Graham Low. Retrieved from https://www.acs.org.au/content/dam/acs/rules-and-regulations/Code-of-Professional-Conduct_v2.1.pdf