In the Times, Richard Perez-Pena writes that Harvard officials are investigating whether 125 students cheated in an intro political science class cheated by sharing answers on a take-home exam.
The accusations, related to a single undergraduate class in the spring semester, deal with “academic dishonesty, ranging from inappropriate collaboration to outright plagiarism,” the administration said in a note sent to students.
Perez-Pena, you’ll remember, is the guy who so badly bungled the Patrick Witt story at Yale, so everything he writes must be read with skepticism, but it sounds like there is a genuine issue here. (The Crimson is reporting it, and the Harvard administration is acknowledging it.)
The Crimson’s story suggests that there may be more involved than Perez-Pena seems to realize…
It will be interesting to see if this cheating scandal, which I’m sure will get a huge amount of attention, forces a renewed debate about the values of Harvard—and its students…
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