Rhodes Decision Sets Strict Standard for ‘Own Work’



Christ Church is one of the colleges at the U. of Oxford, where the prestigious Rhodes Trust now requires 
American applicants to certify that no draft of their essays has been revised by anyone else.

Students take term papers to writing centers. Researchers revise one another’s articles. Academic life relies on such exchanges, yet demands original work. So how much help is too much?

Last month one authority set a strict new standard. The Rhodes Trust, which awards coveted scholarships to the University of Oxford, announced that in writing application essays, students from the United States cannot get any help at all.

Rhodes candidates have long had to certify that