Geisel School of Medicine Ends Cheating Probe

17 students at Dartmouth’s medical school were accused of cheating on online exams.

Several weeks ago, we wrote about the scandal brewing at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine. And, no, it had nothing to do with one of its namesakes, the late Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), though his legacy too has faced a tough year. This scandal concerned 17 medical school students who were accused of cheating on online exams. The incident garnered coverage in some of our nation’s most reputable news publications…and it’s apparently led administrators at the medical school to reverse course on their decision-making. Hey, Dartmouth administrators, like many university administrators, have a history of doing the right thing once the press picks up the story. Remember when the school cut the swim team nearly 20 years ago and the university reinstated it after ESPN ran a story that the boyfriend of a swimmer put the team for sale on eBay? We do, we do! But, hey, they did right in the end and that’s what counts!

As Mike Hanrahan reports for The Dartmouth in a piece entitled “Geisel dismisses academic honor code charges against 17 students accused of cheating,” “The Geisel School of Medicine will dismiss academic honor code charges against all 17 students it accused in March of cheating on online examinations, according to an email announcement sent by Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine Duane Compton to Geisel’s student body on Wednesday. The move follows months of controversy that saw Geisel make national headlines after students, professors and technology experts accused the school of relying on unsound evidence, violating student privacy and failing to offer due process in its judicial proceedings. Compton wrote in the email that the decision to drop charges came after the medical school conducted a further review and received new information from Canvas, the learning management system that Geisel used to collect evidence of student misconduct.”

It has the appearance, at least to us, that administrators reversed course because they didn’t anticipate the national headlines the incident would make. It also has the appearance the administrators don’t really fully understand the technology they’re using to try to detect cheating on this platform known as Canvas. Might we suggest they check their work before publication the next time they think they catch lots of students cheating on a test? Perhaps they should get a second opinion next time? Oh, doctor puns! Lame, we know.

 
 

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