Test for Ethical Issues

  1. Be sure that all of the facts are known and true.
  2. Is the issue legal? If the person's action is not legal, the test ends here. No one is authorized by anyone else to break the law.
  3. If the action is legal, does the person's action violate UK policy? If so, unless there are exceptions, the test should end there.
  4. If the action is legal and does not violate UK policy, does one of the University's Ethical Principles apply to the facts?
  5. Determine which principle or principles apply and analyze what the appropriate response should be.
  6. Further tests include:
    • If you do it, will you feel bad?
    • How would it look to other members of the UK community or your family if they knew all of the facts?
  7. If it passes tests # 2 through 5, but you know that it is wrong, don't do it.
  8. If you are not really sure, ask. If you think anything may be wrong, keep asking until you get a final authoritative answer that you know is correct and about which you feel good.