The effects of contextual factors on students' likelihood of reporting the occurrence of unethical behaviors in the academic and clinical setting

This thesis examines the effects that different settings have on students reporting colleagues who are engaging in unethical behaviors. This project was based off of an original study done by Bernard and Jara in 1986. In this current thesis, one hundred and thirty-two undergraduate and graduate students were presented with six scenarios in which three unethical behaviors were occurring in two different settings: academic and clinical. Students were asked to rate how likely they were to do nothing; suggest their colleague or friend stop what he or she is doing; warn that colleague or friend that if he or she does not stop, a report will be made; and tell a supervisor or professor immediately. It was hypothesized that the academic setting would elicit higher ratings as well as a Dual Relationship between student and professor. Neither hypothesis was supported by the results in this study.