At a young age, many people dream of achieving certain goals. Children are always asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and it seems they always set high goals for themselves aspiring to be astronauts, firefighters, pro athletes or even the next President of the United States. But what if you achieved your goal? How far would you go to reach it? How far would you push the envelope on what you can and cannot do? In today's society and culture, college athletes are on the way to achieving their life-long dreams of being a professional but seem to cross the boundaries to get the edge in a dishonest way.
College athletes have had an on-going battle with the NCAA rules and guidelines in which athletes are accepting bribes and money from certain agents. Agents offer such benefits in hopes of having the athlete sign with their specific team and school. However, accepting bribes and money is against NCAA rules.
- Conflicts of interest, credibility challenges, potential harm, breaking public trust
- Legal, political, social, economic, competitive
- Who is directly affected, a lot of indirect consequences, not just people; don't forget yourself and your organization, use codes as a guide to your responsibilities to stakeholders, if any
- May be a mix from various codes, fend off pressures, prioritize stakeholders, sort through competing ethical questions
- May be more than one right answer, process is as important as the decision; if it's controversial - be transparent