Getting Them Trained…


This is an interesting article from The Harvard Crimson discussing allegations of cheating on an exam.  What course you ask?  None other than “Introduction to Congress”.  I guess they get started early with that dishonesty training…

Harvard Investigates “Unprecedented” Academic Dishonesty Case. Nearly half of more than 250 students in “Introduction to Congress” are under investigation

By Rebecca D. Robbins, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Harvard College’s disciplinary board is investigating nearly half of the 279 students who enrolled in Government 1310: “Introduction to Congress” last spring for allegedly plagiarizing answers or inappropriately collaborating on the class’ final take-home exam.

Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris said the magnitude of the case was “unprecedented in anyone’s living memory.”

Harris declined to name the course, but several students familiar with the investigation confirmed that Professor Matthew B. Platt’s spring government lecture course was the class in question.

The professor of the course brought the case to the Administrative Board in May after noticing similarities in 10 to 20 exams, Harris said. During the summer, the Ad Board conducted a review of all final exams submitted for the course and found about 125 of them to be suspicious.

Platt declined The Crimson’s request for comment.

If found guilty of academic dishonesty, students could be required to withdraw from the College for a year, among other possible sanctions.

The final examination in “Introduction to Congress,” which included three multi-part short answer questions, a bonus short answer question, and an essay question, came with the instruction: “The exam is completely open book, open note, open internet, etc. However, in all other regards, this should fall under similar guidelines that apply to in-class exams. More specifically, students may not discuss the exam with others—this includes resident tutors, writing centers, etc.”

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith sent an email to all faculty members about the case, and Harris also sent a message to the student body on Thursday. That letter said that all students who are under investigation have been contacted.  Read the full article here.

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2 responses to “Getting Them Trained…”

  1. crazycrawfish says :

    So… obviously the cheaters learned the lessons about Congress and took them to heart and the other half missed the whole point of the professors lecture and will be failed. 🙂

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