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Power and perception in the scandal in academia.

Heron, Michael James; Belford, Pauline


Michael James Heron

Pauline Belford


The Scandal in Academia is a large-scale fictional ethical case study of around 17,000 words and fourteen separate revelations. They are delivered as newspaper extracts from a newspaper reporting on an ongoing crisis at a Scottish educational institution. The scandal case as presented on the ethical issues raised, concentrating instead on providing the scenario in isolation. This paper is a companion piece to that case study, discussing the third and fourth revelations with reference to the issues raised, the mainstream media, and the formal academic literature. The discussion presented here is not intended to be exhaustive or definitive. It is instead educational context, and illustrative of the kind of discussions that ideally emerge from the effective use of the material.


HERON, M.J. and BELFORD, P. 2015. Power and perception in the scandal in academia. ACM SIGCAS computers and society [online], 45(2), pages 11-19. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 30, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 30, 2015
Publication Date Jul 30, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 24, 2016
Journal ACM SIGCAS computers and society
Print ISSN 0095-2737
Electronic ISSN 0095-2737
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 2
Pages 11-19
Keywords Ethics; Morality; Professional issues; Human factors; Killer robot; Academia; Case study
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