Ethics: Seminary Student Chews Tobacco in Dorm

What would you do Wednesday!

This scenario involves a fellow seminarian as you play the role of a seminary student. You are on campus for the week for accelerated classes. The classes involve plenary sessions that include Q&A at the end as well as break-out sessions held in individual classrooms.

You check in and are given a dorm room with three to a room. The three of you are distance students from surrounding states. You do not know each other prior to this week.

The first night, you all have some great theological conversations as you get to know each other. The second night, the three of you are sitting around the dorm room talking about what you learned the last two days.

Then, one of your fellow students quietly takes out an empty bottle, puts some chewing tobacco in his mouth, and proceeds to use the bottle to spit in.

You notice what your classmate just did remembering that all of you signed a document affirming you would not use either alcohol or tobacco while as student.

What would you do?

  • Nothing, stay silent and not worry about it.
  • Confront him and call him to repent.
  • Confront and report him.
  • Say nothing, but report him.
  • Ask what to do about the situation at the microphone Q&A after the ethics presentation.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rhology January 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

Confront him and call him to repent.
If the student code that we signed didn’t say anything, I’d just talk to him instead of confronting him.

2 anon January 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Say nothing, or ask him to share 🙂  He’s just takin’ a dip, not getting drunk and streaking around campus…let’s keep things in perspective, here. Being ‘tobacco-free’ doesn’t necessarily make you a better student *or* Christian.

3 GK November 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

Anon, it is true that being “tobacco free” doesn’t necessarily make you a better student or Christian, but someone signing a code of conduct knowing that they’ll disobey it is dishonest.

Students should be concerned with the truth. Christians should be devoted to the truth since, ultimately, we worship Jesus Christ Who is the Truth.


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