The ethical responses of students to university ICT codes of conduct

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Governments, organisations, and universities implement cybersecurity laws, regulations, policies, and processes to reduce their cyber risks. In the context of universities, students sign, usually before commencement of enrolment, various agreements including Information and Communication Technology (ICT) codes of conduct. However, individuals can ignore, circumvent, or act contrary to these codes due to a lack of awareness of the possible consequences of such contraventions, but also due to a lack of sensitivity to the ethical principles underpinning such codes. Therefore, there is a need to understand why students and other users are not compliant with ICT codes of conduct and how to change the behaviour of students and other users so that they act ethically and in accordance with ICT codes. We designed a between-subjects experiment involving students’ responses to 5 scenario pairs (breach/no breach of ICT code of conduct) following awareness training of ethical principles, or awareness training of acceptable use of IT, or no awareness training (control) to understand the potential value of training. Furthermore, we profile students to capture their moral stance and measure their attitudes towards their university’s IT services and resources to understand individual differences that may affect their cybersecurity behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australian Institute of Computer Ethics (AiCE 2020)
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Ethics in the New Normal
PublisherAustralasian Institute of Computer Ethics (AiCE)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780646831077
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventConference of the Australasian Institute of Computer Ethics (9th : 2020) - Virtual, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 202010 Dec 2020


ConferenceConference of the Australasian Institute of Computer Ethics (9th : 2020)
Abbreviated titleAiCE 2020


  • Information Communication Technology Code of Conduct
  • cyberethical scenarios
  • AI4People ethical principles
  • AI ethics
  • cybersecurity ethics
  • moral sensitivity
  • ethics training


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