Skip to comments.Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course
Posted on 02/03/2013 6:51:35 AM PST by Libloather
Over half of Harvard University students caught in a wide-ranging cheating scandal in an "Intro to Congress" course have reportedly had to withdraw from the Ivy League school.
According to The Boston Globe, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences told the Harvard community in an email that more than half of the students brought before the school's Administration Board in the fall were required to withdraw for some period of time.
Of the students not required to withdraw, roughly half were placed on disciplinary probation, while the rest received no punishment and had their cases dismissed.
While the email did not specify that particular course, the Globe confirmed with a university official that the statistics referred to that particular incident.
Consistent with the Facultys rules and our obligations to our students, we do not report individual outcomes of Administrative Board cases, but only report aggregate statistics, wrote Dean Michael D. Smith. In that tradition, the College reports that somewhat more than half of the Administrative Board cases this past fall required a student to withdraw from the College for a period of time. Of the remaining cases, roughly half the students received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action.
The cheating scandal drew headlines when it became public in August, when nearly half of a 279-student class faced possible charges of plagiarism as they turned in strikingly similar answers for assignments for their course, "Government 1310: Introduction to Congress."
At the time, Smith said that the university took the unusual step of announcing the investigation in order to launch a broader conversation about academic integrity, according to The Harvard Crimson, Harvards student newspaper.
Academic Integrity is deinitely needed.
OOPS! Should be definitely.
People are people. Every school has cheating scandals. Hopefully these folks learn from their mistakes. I work at the Naval Academy and we have this type of thing occasionally. Lots of pressures on kids today. Cheating has been going on since the beginning of time and will go on for the rest of time.
Indeed, we have an ideal list of future felons.
Congress is slime.
Hopefully, we can deal with them in an appropriate manner following CW-II.
That’s not fair. They were just trying to play the part of a politician. Probably thought they could get extra credit.
Oh, it must have been the chapter where they studied Slow Joe Biden. The were perfect. Plagiarism and stupidity thinking the prof wouldn't notice the similarities.
Joe is probably grinning ear to ear!
You mean it doesn’t count for extra credit? I don’t understand.
Widespread cheating would be excellent preparation for a career in Congress.
This story makes no sense, if it is an "intro to congress" course, cheating would have to be part of the curriculum.
I was thinking cheating was supposed to be part of the course. Maybe the course I was thinking about was the one on coverups.
Apparently they weren't expelled. They were only suspsended.
They can't come back until they complete a course on "How To Cheat Without Getting Caught".
One would have thought that in order to get accepted to Harvard these days, that such a course would have been required in High School.
“Harvard students withdraw after cheating in ‘Intro to Congress’ course”
“...more than half of the students brought before the school’s Administration Board in the fall were required to withdraw for SOME PERIOD OF TIME.”
Then they didn’t “withdraw”, they will sit out some time. BIG DIFFERENCE, and the headline annoys me because it makes it sound like these bastards were actually going to punished. But they won’t. They’ll be back, and even careful readers of their transcripts in the future will be met with a cover story of taking a year or two off to “care for my sick grandmother”, or something like it.
What a scam.
Intro to Congress? Can’t pass until they cheat on their significant other.
Liberal elitists cheating in a class about congress?!?!
The parallels are delicious
Isn’t cheating a prerequisite for Intro to Congress?
They are also following in the illustrious footsteps of Harvard cheater Ted Kennedy.
“This story makes no sense, if it is an “intro to congress” course, cheating would have to be part of the curriculum.”
This department at Harvard probably has “The Robert Menendez Endowed Chair”
for the most “worthy and profligate” of the cheaters. I understand Sandra Fluke is going to be and “adjunct professor” in that department to help the students understand how to engage with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic and not get caught.
Three groups there: Required to withdraw - Disciplinary probation - No disciplinary action.
I wonder whether there are common identifiers for each of those groups...of course, we'll probably never know.
I can add nothing to this thread. Every thought that came to me has been already said.
Ain’t FR a great place to be?!!
Cheating on a course of Introduction to Congree?
Every one of the cheaters should receive a straight A.
Quote of the thread.
What Difference Does That Make?