At least eight students at the New Jersey Dental School — part of the beleaguered University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — are facing discipline in an elaborate cheating scheme, according to The Star-Ledger, a newspaper in Newark, N.J. The campus judicial system has held hearings for the students and recommended punishments ranging from dismissal to letters of reprimand.
The scheme involved having students memorize examination questions and compile them on CD’s for the next year’s class to study. Cecile A. Feldman, dean of the university’s dental school, expressed anger over the scheme. “It’s clearly not something we accept at this university,” she told the newspaper in an article published on Friday. “This is not what we do as professionals.”
The scandal comes less than a year after another major cheating incident at the dental school. One student was denied a diploma last year and nearly a quarter of the graduating class was forced to perform up to a year of community service after that incident.
The new cheating scandal is another black eye for the larger university, which has been tarnished by financial scandals and ethical breaches in recent years. In the wake of a series of reports alleging fraud and waste by administrators and trustees, New Jersey lawmakers are considering a plan to merge the institution with Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.