Harvard students forced to withdraw amid cheating scandal

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:15pm

More than half of the students implicated in last year's cheating scandal at Harvard University have been required to withdraw from school for a period of time, a dean said in a statement Friday on behalf of the school.

More than a hundred students were investigated for plagiarism or for having "inappropriately collaborated" on a course's take-home, open-book spring final exam, said Michael D. Smith, Harvard's dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Many of those who were not forced to withdraw face disciplinary probation at the Ivy League institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the remaining were cleared.

The school would not release the specific breakdown of the numbers of affected students.

The Harvard Crimson, the school's flagship student-run newspaper, identifies the class in which the cheating allegedly occurred as Government 1310: Introduction to Congress.

In a statement released when the cheating scandal first became public in August, Harvard University President Drew Faust said, "These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends."

During grading, "the faculty member teaching the course questioned the similarities between a number of exams," according to a statement from Smith during the initial investigation.

The board then reviewed the tests and interviewed the students who submitted them. It eventually launched a wider probe into the allegations.

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