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Widespread Harvard cheating scandal under investigation

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 3:06 a.m. MDT

People sit on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. More than 100 Harvard University students are being investigated for cheating after school officials discovered evidence they may have wrongly shared answers or plagiarized on a final exam. Harvard officials on Thursday didn't release the class subject, the students' names, or specifically how many are being investigated. (Elise Amendola, Associated Press) People sit on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. More than 100 Harvard University students are being investigated for cheating after school officials discovered evidence they may have wrongly shared answers or plagiarized on a final exam. Harvard officials on Thursday didn't release the class subject, the students' names, or specifically how many are being investigated. (Elise Amendola, Associated Press)

Our take: After months of comparing take home exams, Harvard officials are investigating more than 100 students for plagiarism. In recent years several other institutions, including the ACT and SAT, have dealt with similar large-scale cheating scandals. Bloomberg reporter John Lauerman explains the scandal:

About 125 Harvard University undergraduates are being investigated for plagiarism on a final exam earlier this year, the most widespread cheating scandal in living memory, college officials said today.

All the students, who were in a course with more than 250 enrolled, will face hearings before Harvardís Administrative Board, Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school, said today in an interview.

Harvard professors confirmed the copying after months of reading through the take-home exams beginning in May, Harris said. Those found to have plagiarized may be required to withdraw from school for a year, Harvard said in a statement.

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