Commentary: May 2007 Archives

"The Season of Cheating"

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Our senior director John Harwood pointed out that three top schools have had to expel multiple students for cheating on their final exams. He called this spring "the season of cheating".

The scandals at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and the U.S. Air Force Academy are straightforward cases of sharing exam answers, but the case at the Indiana University Dental School involved students breaking into secure areas to view image files for the exam (it's interesting to see what students come up with...).

Of course, I always know when the end of the semester is coming - this is when more Penn State faculty visit the Penn State Turnitin site and Penn State Cyberplagiarism site.

The good news is that instructors apparently send students to the Penn State Statement on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty in January and September. Hopefully the beginning of the semester is the "season to snip cheating in the bud."