Saturday, September 8, 2012

Did Harvard Mishandle Its Cheating Scandal?

In an article in Forbes, Richard Levick argues that that the answer is yes.  In a large class, many students allegedly collaborated on a take home exam. Harvard is now conducting an inquiry. Levick believes that the university has released too much information, which could prove damaging to the students involved—students who eventually might be cleared of wrongdoing.

Apparently, the rules for the exam were unclear, and students may have thought they were acting appropriately. The lesson for us is that when we give take homes or graded assignments for completion outside the classroom, our rules have to be clear, rigid and not open to interpretation.


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The actual exam instructions are available here:

I think they could be improved upon—but then I'm a lawyer. That said, I think that they're basically clear, especially since they incorporate by reference the relevant regular examination rules.

Posted by: Simon Fodden | Sep 8, 2012 2:37:58 PM

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