Deception with your classmates

com 322“To deceive someone is to….knowingly transmit messages that are meant to mislead another person by fostering false impressions, beliefs, or understandings by actively concealing the truth.” ( Dr. Kelly Albada deception powerpoint, module 9.)

Have you ever had told a white lie to your classmates or even a professor? This could be seen as deceiving them. Some reasons that you may need to deceive either your classmate or your professor could be for survival, to accomplish a goal, to protect one’s image, to avoid negative repercussions, or to establish/maintain a relationship.

I think we have all been there at one point in our academic career when we are faced with a situation when we must either tell the truth or face missing the very last assignment and not getting the A you were hoping for that semester. At this point you are not only faced with telling a white lie…but also is what you are saying or doing to get the assignment done ethical?

You walk into class and your classmate frantically runs up to you “I completely forgot this webassign is due today before class can I please see yours…..and I promise I will help you on the next assignment!?”

This is always a conflict I think that students face. Here you are standing wondering what am I going to say?  Of course this classmate is your good friend but on the other hand you know it is unethical to allow them to see your work and on top of that it took you almost an hour to complete the assigned webassign. Do you tell a white lie  or deceive them and not risk getting caught by your professor who is going to walk in the door at any second or let see the homework. In this situation you are faced with deceiving your classmate to either protect your image as a student….or to avoid negative repercussions for yourself.

In the twenty seconds you have to answer your friend in class you start to think I hate to lie to my friend and see them fail but I might and lose a friendship over something this silly. You weigh out the options in your head and realize that is not right to let them see your work due to the fact that you do not want to go against academic conduct and share your work.

Some different deception strategies that can be used can be to explain to your friend that are not going to be able to share your work with them could be using one of these strategies. One strategy is omission/concealment (, this can be seen as leaving out information. For example in this situation you could tell your classmate that you only completed one part of the assignment. Another deception strategy is falsification. Falsification is making up something that is not true, which can also be known as telling a story. In this situation you could tell your classmate that you left your laptop back in your dorm; even though you know you have it in your book bag. The last way to hide something is distortion/equivocation, this means to make something larger or smaller than it actually is. In this conversation with your classmate you could say “It didn’t take me very long, here I will help you.” Covering it up this way hides the fact that the assignment took you over an hour. 

-Taylor

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