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ethical dilemma [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 07:47
okay..first post on the forum ..sorry for it to be a question rather than a contribution..

I am here to seek your advice on a dilemma I am facing. It's about ethics,and I am constantly debating with the right way to go about this situation.Therefore,your thoughts will be appreciated and gratefully received.

I applied to a school (let's call it school A)fairly late this year,and got an admit . Since the time of application,I was told (by many other applicants,friends and mbas )that my profile is good enough for better ranked schools (which I really want to go to,but didnt apply for Round 1 as I had not taken the GMAT by then) and was strongly urged to apply for Round 2. Now,this would mean not accepting school's A admit.This also had a risk element to it-what if i did not get into my first choice schools! I would neither end up in my second choice-nor the first choice if I refused A's admit. I asked School A for a deferral,so that I could apply to these other schools,and if I didn't get through,next year I could still go to A.

School A granted me a deferred admit to next year. Now,I am feeling really really uneasy about the whole thing.I feel I am deceiving school A ,by making them reserve a place for me for next year( I am asking them if I could pay a part of the deposit now and the other part required after the decisions for my other schools). this ethical dilemma is driving me nuts.On one hand,I think that if I do get into my choice schools-school A would still have a part of the deposit etc.On the other hand,I feel I would be further deceving them by asking for part payments of deposit.

What do you think and what would you do.

Thank you.
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Re: ethical dilemma [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 15:06
Hey dilemma,

I think it's okay. School's understand that you may have other places to choose from - it's why they ask for a deposit in the first place. Similar to renting an apartment, a deposit guarantees that if you flee (go to another school), the school gets some "damages."

In any case, enrolling a class is not completely black and white. It's why there's usually a waitlist of sorts. Do you find that unethical? Using your given logic, I would think that it's unethical to build a waitlist and even more so to not tell the waitlisted candidates where they are ranked.

I'd say it's great that you have such a strong moral conscience but like in business, sometimes you have to look out for #1. If the school granted your deferral and you are paying a deposit, I think you can relinquish any remaining guilt. If you choose to attend another school, well it was your choice to part with the money in the first place.
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