Ethics

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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 29. Payment for Use of Name and Reputation

Situation

Payment for Use of Name and Reputation
Professor Irvin Jones, a nationally reputed expert in measurement, agrees to have his name used to endorse a book which guarantee students successful scores passes on advanced graduate placement exams. He will receive a fee for the use of his name.

Questions

  1. Is this a question of "ethical behavior" on the part of Professor Jones ?
  2. What are Professor Jones' obligations as a sociologist to verify that the work to which he is lending his reputation and expertise are not misleading?
  3. Does it make a difference if Professor Jones was reimbursed or not for his endorsement?
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