Ethical Decision Making Discussion

Ethical Decision Making Discussion

Select ONE of the ethical scenarios below and address each question. Then respond to at least one other student to discuss these ethical decisions. ETHICAL SCENARIO #1 You work in a nonprofit organization and a part of your responsibilities is to report outcomes. The program did not meet one of the outcomes by 3% (The outcomes goal was, “85% of your participants would increase their score on XX test,” however only 82% of your participants met that goal). They missed another outcome by 2% (The outcome was, “90% of participants will do XYZ,” however only 88% of your participants did XYZ.) The director of your organization tells you to just report that you met the goals anyway. She says, “2-3% is so close, it doesn’t really matter if we fudge the numbers a little bit.” 1) Describe the issue by identifying (1 point) • • • • Key issues Key actors or stakeholders Sequence of events Risks involved 2) Define the ethical issues (1 point) • • Identify principles and values involved Identify conflicting values * Specify values from your code of ethics 3) Identify alternatives (1 point) • List possible alternatives and their consequences • • • Alternative #1 o Create a scenario and its consequences (If I do XXX, then this will happen.) Alternative #2 o Create a scenario and its consequences Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Create a scenario and its consequences *Focus on both deontological (duty-oriented) and teleological decisions (consequence oriented) 4) Evaluate each alternative (1 point) • Alternative #1 o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? • Alternative #2 o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? • Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? 5) Select an alternative (1 point) • What did you choose to do? • How does this uphold your values? Explain • Does this provide you with a feeling of satisfaction? Do you feel good about your decision? Explain 6) Resolve the ethical dilemma – Congratulations! You did it! It made a well-thought out decision based on your values and the values of your organization. ETHICAL SCENARIO #2 The following scenario is based on an actual event: A local radio show hosted a car wash to support a local hospital’s work in the area of breast cancer treatment. The car wash was co-hosted by a local strip club which provided dancers to help wash the cars. While the dancers washed the cars, they also stripped and danced for the people inside the vehicles. The vehicles and dancers were in a private area where no children were allowed. The event ended up raising nearly $5000. Should the hospital take the money? What do you do? 1) Describe the issue by identifying (1 point) • Key issues • Key actors or stakeholders • Sequence of events • Risks involved 2) Define the ethical issues (1 point) • Identify principles and values involved • Identify conflicting values * Specify values from your code of ethics 3) Identify alternatives (1 point) • List possible alternatives and their consequences • • • Alternative #1 o Create a scenario and its consequences (If I do XXX, then this will happen.) Alternative #2 o Create a scenario and its consequences Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Create a scenario and its consequences *Focus on both deontological (duty-oriented) and teleological decisions (consequence oriented) 4) Evaluate each alternative (1 point) • Alternative #1 o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? • Alternative #2 • o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? 5) Select an alternative (1 point) • What did you choose to do? • How does this uphold your values? Explain • Does this provide you with a feeling of satisfaction? Do you feel good about your decision? Explain 6) Resolve the ethical dilemma – Congratulations! You did it! It made a well-thought out decision based on your values and the values of your organization. ETHICAL SCENARIO #3 Your staff is shopping for a new office supply vendor, and your executive director asks you to compare prices. One of your major donors owns and operates ABC, an office supply company, and has expressed interest in your business. You discover that ABC is considerably more expensive than the others included in your price comparison report. Later you learn that ABC is the new vendor. How would you respond? 1) Describe the issue by identifying (1 point) • Key issues • Key actors or stakeholders • Sequence of events • Risks involved 2) Define the ethical issues (1 point) • Identify principles and values involved • Identify conflicting values * Specify values from your code of ethics 3) Identify alternatives (1 point) • List possible alternatives and their consequences • • • Alternative #1 o Create a scenario and its consequences (If I do XXX, then this will happen.) Alternative #2 o Create a scenario and its consequences Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Create a scenario and its consequences *Focus on both deontological (duty-oriented) and teleological decisions (consequence oriented) 4) Evaluate each alternative (1 point) • Alternative #1 o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? • Alternative #2 o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? • Alternative #3 (if applicable) o Rehearsal of defense – how would you defend your decision to an audience? o Anticipatory self-appraisal – how do I feel? Am I compromising my values? 5) Select an alternative (1 point) • What did you choose to do? • How does this uphold your values? Explain • Does this provide you with a feeling of satisfaction? Do you feel good about your decision? Explain 6) Resolve the ethical dilemma – Congratulations! You did it! It made a well-thought out decision based on your values and the values of your organization. …

Complete and post your answers to the ethical scenario questions – 5 points

Respond to at least one other student posting – 1 point





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