ERIC Number: ED457932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Rationale for Computer Ethics Policies and a Model Policy for the North Carolina Community College System.
DeLisse, Regina L.
This study addresses new concerns of higher education organizational leaders as a result of the extended use of information technology on college campuses. Some of the most important and controversial issues include ethical and legal matters such as privacy, freedom of speech, intellectual property, and legislative attempts for Internet regulation. A survey of community college administrators and system administrators in the North Carolina Community College System was conducted. This survey was designed to explore the extent to which various unethical or antisocial incidents have occurred in computer labs or elsewhere on the campuses, and to solicit input in the development of computer ethics policies and an ethical instruction plan. Twenty-four out of the 58 invited system administrators participated in the survey (response rate 41%). Survey findings support implementing ethics instruction on campus. A model computer ethics policy and accompanying instructional plan is presented with this study as a practical solution to technology-induced dilemmas for organizational leaders within higher education. This document also reviews perspectives on ethics and computer ethics. Behavioral theories, particularly the Theory of Deindividualization, are highlighted to illuminate underlying assumptions and behavioral intentions of computer users and are used to develop a set of computer ethics policies and procedures. (Contains 168 references.) (GC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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