Colleges Sharpen Tactics for Resolving Academic-Integrity Cases

Professors sometimes get strikingly similar essays. When they do, it's easy to assume that a weaker student copied from a brainier classmate. Matthew Coster says Central Connecticut State University kicked him out on that premise — until a court ruled otherwise.

Mr. Coster swore that he had not cheated. Sure, he had missed a couple of Western Civilization classes, and his grades were mediocre, but he says he wrote his own paper on the Holocaust. His professor, reading it