Category Archives: Cheating

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Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia…

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Ohio State Accuses 85 Students of Cheating on Online Tests

At least 85 students at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been accused of cheating on online take-home tests, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

The college began an investigation in February, and students have recently received their disciplinary sanctions. Punishments for cheating may range from a warning to dismissal, a statement from the university said.

Investigators looked at how long students took to complete certain tests and at students’ patterns of rig…

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Ole Miss Admits Former Assistant Football Coach Helped Falsify ACT Scores

The University of Mississippi has imposed on itself scholarship reductions in football on top of serving a postseason ban for women’s basketball in response to a range of alleged NCAA violations, according to a university statement released on Friday.

In January the National Collegiate Athletic Association issued several allegations against Ole Miss, including boosters’ paying players and coaches’ assisting recruits with ACT fraud.

In the document released on Friday, university administrators ad…

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U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

The University of Iowa suspects that about 30 Chinese students paid Chinese companies to take their online examinations for them, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Last week Iowa began investigations after ProctorU, the company that Iowa uses to verify online courses, found potential inconsistencies in students’ identities for one or more exams.

According to Reuters, three of the Chinese students suspected of cheating admitted to the news service that they had hired Chinese-run groups to take tests…

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U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…

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Coast Guard Cadets Are Punished After Cheating Probe

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in Connecticut, is recommending expulsion for three cadets and academic punishment for 37 cadets found guilty of cheating on online quizzes, NBC Connecticut reported on Tuesday.

The cadets faced honor-code violations for working together on online quizzes in a “Ships and Maritime” class during the fall-2015 semester, according to the Associated Press.

While most of the 37 students were put on academic probation and others were given failing grades and told to repeat…

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Former U. of Southern Mississippi Coach Directed Cheating Ring, NCAA Says

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Friday that, according to its investigation, the former University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball coach, Donald J. (Donnie) Tyndall, ”acted unethically and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance when he directed his staff to engage in academic misconduct.”

A report on the investigation says that Mr. Tyndall “directed members of his staff to complete fraudulent coursework for seven prospects so they could be immediately e…

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Harvard Team Is Disqualified for Cheating in College Video-Game Competition

A team representing Harvard University has been disqualified from an intercollegiate video-game tournament for cheating, ESPN reported. The winners of the competition, called “Heroes of the Dorm,” receive tuition money for their college careers, according to the event’s website.

A notice from tournament operators said that a competitor on Team Ambush, representing Harvard, had been caught sharing online-account information with a higher-rated player who was not on the team’s roster during offi…

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This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday.

According to the researchers, some students are creating at least two accounts in a MOOC — one or more with which to purposely fail assignments in order to discover the correct answers, wh…

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1 in 5 Harvard Graduates Cheated in Studies, Survey Finds

The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s student newspaper, last week published the results of its annual survey of the graduating senior class. And while the students surveyed are, as of last week, no longer students, the survey’s findings survive as an interesting peek into life at the vaunted Ivy League institution.

For instance, roughly 20 percent of the students surveyed said they had cheated in their studies while at Harvard. Among other things, the survey also found that:

  • Seventy-four p…