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Harvard students accused of cheating on final exam

Harvard students are being investigated for allegedly cheating on a take-home final exam. Students claim, though, that collaboration was allowed on all previous exams and that the instructions on the test in question were not clear.
Harvard students are being investigated for allegedly cheating on a take-home final exam. Students claim, though, that collaboration was allowed on all previous exams and that the instructions on the test in question were not clear.

Cambridge, Massachusetts is home to one of the most well-known and respected Ivy League schools in the country – Harvard University. However, the crimson-clad organization has been thrust into the limelight for unsavory reasons.

According to reports, Harvard is investigating the final exams of 125 students for allegedly cheating by collaborating with one another. While students were allowed to use books, notes or the internet for inspiration, there was a strict no-collaboration policy, said Jay Harris, Harvard's dean of undergraduate education, to the Boston Globe.

While Harris did not name the course or professor, the Harvard Crimson found several students close to the investigation who said that Professor Matthew Platt's spring course titled  "Government 1310: 'Introduction to Congress'" was the one in question.

The Globe reported that a teaching fellow first noticed similarities between several exams and brought the findings to the professor who then alerted the Administrative Board. Through the course of the summer, the Board interviewed students and found that in actuality, 125 were eerily similar. While some will be exonerated, Harris said that those found guilty after investigations over the next couple of weeks could face punishments that include up to one year's worth of school suspensions.

Harvard president, Drew Faust, addressed the allegations in a released statement.

"If proven [the allegations], represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends … There is work to be done to ensure that every student at Harvard understands and embraces the values that are fundamental to its community of scholars."

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