As you may have heard or read, a Harvard cheating scandal has hit the press. The university is currently investigating 125 students — yes, you read that right — for cheating on a take-home final examination held last spring in “Government 1310: Introduction to Congress.” Apparently, these students thought that in order to succeed in this course, they needed to behave like members of Congress. Ok, bad joke indeed! The cheating scandal at Harvard is the worst possible cheating scandal on record at the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to “The Wall Street Journal” article on the Harvard scandal, “After reviewing more than 250 take-home exams turned in last Spring, the Harvard College Administrative Board has opened cases involving nearly half the members of the class. The school has contacted every student whose work is under review. ‘These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends,’ said Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust. The scandal hangs over what is usually an upbeat time at Harvard. Students are arriving or returning for another academic year and classes begin Tuesday.”
What do you think about Harvard’s cheating scandal? Do you think that students who are inclined to cheat are inclined to matriculate to Harvard? Do you think students so driven to succeed are also so driven to cut corners? Do you think a school like Brown or Dartmouth could also one day face such a scandal or are Harvard students more inclined to cheat? Harvard’s motto is “Veritas.” That means “truth.” So much for these students being truthful! May these bad apples face discipline for their academic dishonesty and may students in the future think twice before they decide to cheat.
And don’t these cheating students know that while it’s so hard to gain admission to Harvard, it’s not even close to as hard to graduate? Come on now!