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Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course
The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Peter Schroeder

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 Faculty’s 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, Harvard’s student newspaper.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheating; congress; course; harvard
Next stop, Congress.
1 posted on 02/03/2013 6:51:44 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

lol! Absolutely!


2 posted on 02/03/2013 6:54:28 AM PST by albie
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To: Libloather

Academic Integrity is deinitely needed.


3 posted on 02/03/2013 6:55:12 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Libloather

OOPS! Should be definitely.


4 posted on 02/03/2013 6:56:45 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Libloather

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.


5 posted on 02/03/2013 7:01:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Libloather

Indeed, we have an ideal list of future felons.

Congress is slime.

Period.

Hopefully, we can deal with them in an appropriate manner following CW-II.


6 posted on 02/03/2013 7:07:35 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Libloather

That’s not fair. They were just trying to play the part of a politician. Probably thought they could get extra credit.


7 posted on 02/03/2013 7:09:40 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Libloather
faced possible charges of plagiarism as they turned in strikingly similar answers for assignments for their course

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!

8 posted on 02/03/2013 7:15:12 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Libloather

You mean it doesn’t count for extra credit? I don’t understand.


9 posted on 02/03/2013 7:17:45 AM PST by D Rider
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To: Libloather

Widespread cheating would be excellent preparation for a career in Congress.


10 posted on 02/03/2013 7:18:18 AM PST by Will88
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To: Libloather
Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course

This story makes no sense, if it is an "intro to congress" course, cheating would have to be part of the curriculum.

11 posted on 02/03/2013 7:22:09 AM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: Libloather
Schoolhouse Rock - I'm Just a Bill
12 posted on 02/03/2013 7:25:07 AM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I was thinking cheating was supposed to be part of the course. Maybe the course I was thinking about was the one on coverups.


13 posted on 02/03/2013 7:26:25 AM PST by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Libloather

They passed.


14 posted on 02/03/2013 7:27:46 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Libloather
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.

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.

15 posted on 02/03/2013 7:29:54 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: Libloather
well... with a admitted drug addict as president and a vice president that is a plagiarist... I think what the kids did was par for the course.
16 posted on 02/03/2013 7:34:55 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Libloather

“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.


17 posted on 02/03/2013 7:36:03 AM PST by BobL
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To: Libloather

Intro to Congress? Can’t pass until they cheat on their significant other.


18 posted on 02/03/2013 7:36:24 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Gun control is hitting what you aim at. -- Chuck Norris)
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To: Libloather

Liberal elitists cheating in a class about congress?!?!

The parallels are delicious


19 posted on 02/03/2013 7:54:23 AM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Libloather

Isn’t cheating a prerequisite for Intro to Congress?


20 posted on 02/03/2013 7:57:42 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: Right Wing Assault

They are also following in the illustrious footsteps of Harvard cheater Ted Kennedy.


21 posted on 02/03/2013 8:16:01 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

“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.


22 posted on 02/03/2013 8:39:33 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Libloather
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.

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.

23 posted on 02/03/2013 10:00:38 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Libloather

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?!!


24 posted on 02/03/2013 10:41:40 AM PST by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: Libloather

Cheating on a course of Introduction to Congree?

Every one of the cheaters should receive a straight A.


25 posted on 02/03/2013 4:36:49 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
"This story makes no sense, if it is an "intro to congress" course, cheating would have to be part of the curriculum."

Quote of the thread.

26 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:41 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever.)
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To: Libloather

What Difference Does That Make?

27 posted on 02/04/2013 11:44:52 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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