Harvard University is investigating an alleged cheating scheme in an undergraduate class where students may have plagiarized or “inappropriately collaborated” on their final take-home exams, CNN reports.
Students in the Harvard course “Government 1310: Introduction to Congress” were interviewed by the university’s administrative board, which enforces academic regulations. The course’s professor notified the board after seeing “similarities between a number of exams,” according to a university statement obtained by CNN. The board reviewed more than 250 exams out of a class of 279 students.
“We take academic integrity very seriously because it goes to the heart of our educational mission,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, in a written statement, according to CNN.
Students found guilty of “academic dishonesty” could face expulsion from the university for a year. Additionally, students may potentially face other disciplinary actions.
“These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends,” Harvard University President Drew Faust said in a statement, according to CNN.
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