Harvard Students Cheat! Is it really the best?

Posted by Lori Goldman on Sunday, February 3, 2013 Under: University
To all my students:
Everyone has an idea of Harvard being the 'best of the best', but is it really? Just getting into an elite school does not mean everyone is an excellent student.  Cheating is not 'cool', whether copying on a test or plagiarizing on a paper. 
Ethics are of paramount importance wherever students learn.  Morals define us.

Dozens of Harvard students forced to leave over cheating
CBC News    Feb 2, 2013

A cheating scandal has forced dozens of students to withdraw from Harvard University, according to the Harvard Crimson newspaper.

The daily cites an email sent by Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith to the Harvard community on Friday morning, which says about half of the 125 cases under investigation resulted in "required to withdraw verdicts."
The Harvard College Administrative Board set out to determine how many of the 279 students taking a course on government may have collaborated or copied answers.

Suspicions arose after a professor noticed similarities when looking over work on a take-home final examination distributed last May to students taking the Introduction to Congress class.

The class reportedly drew a large number of varsity athletes, some of them on the Ivy League school's basketball team.
The exam had a short-answer format.

Smith wrote that roughly half the students in the suspect group received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action.

The New York Times reports that forced withdrawals usually last two to four semesters, after which a student may return.

According to the Times, administrators said some answers on the exam in question were found to be identical, down to, in some cases, typographical errors.

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Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

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