I’ve recently recollected a morally questionable scenario from my past and was hoping for some moral guidance on this point.
Basically, in my last semester of junior college I was taking an online course and as part of this course we had short weekly online quizzes. I wasn’t entirely sure if these quizzes were “open book” or not, but judging by the specificity of the questions it seemed the only reasonable explanation was that these quizzes were intended to be “open book” because without being told what was on the quiz beforehand it seemed absurd to expect people to essentially memorize entire chapters per week. Having open book online quizzes wasn’t unusual at this college so I didn’t bother asking the instructor. In addition to this point, on some quizzes I remember simply looking up answers on the internet to save time rather than go through the book.
In retrospect however my conscience seems a bit troubled by this, thinking that maybe I was in the wrong here and this could be considered cheating. Afterwards I graduated and transferred to a 4 year school to get my Bachelors. And I’m just wondering now how that class might have impacted things for me. What if I was actually cheating and I didn’t deserve to pass the class, graduate, and move on to my transfer school? Would this scenario mean my degrees are illegitimate? Is there any restitution I have to make for this? I have the tendency to be scrupulous but I’m finding it hard to reason through this moral scenario and would appreciate solid guidance on this.