Category Archives: Cheating

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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…
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Dartmouth Accuses 64 Students of Cheating in Popular Course

Dartmouth College has accused 64 students of cheating in a “Sports, Ethics, and Religion” course taught last fall, the Valley News reports. Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department, discovered in October that absent students in his class were passing their clickers to classmates who were present to answer in-class questions on their behalf.

Mr. Balmer told the newspaper that most of the students involved had been suspended for a semester. In the fall he counted 43 students who handed …

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Former Football Player Sues U. of North Carolina Over Sham Courses

A former football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, saying it failed to provide him and other athletes with a quality education by steering them toward sham classes that never met and had no instruction, the Associated Press reports.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the former player, Michael McAdoo, says that the university promised him a good education but ultimately guided him…

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3 Questions Left Unanswered by Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Report

After the latest report of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina flagship was released on Wednesday, administrators said that, disturbing as the findings were, the campus’s four-year nightmare might finally end.

“I believe we now know all that we are able to know about what happened and how it happened,” said the system’s president, Thomas W. Ross, according to an account in The Daily Tar Heel.

But the 136-page report, the result of an investigation led by a former federal prosecuto…

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3 Key Findings in Chapel Hill’s Academic-Fraud Investigation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the findings of a long-awaited, independent investigation into academic fraud in its department of African and Afro-American studies. The comprehensive, 136-page report tells a gripping narrative full of new revelations in the prolonged scandal. The findings take aim at a number of people at Chapel Hill who have previously been implicated in the scandal but who have denied any knowledge of or role in the alleged fraud.

Here a…

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Notre Dame Football Players Are Questioned in Academic-Fraud Inquiry

The University of Notre Dame said Friday that it had begun an investigation into suspected academic fraud involving several students, including four members of its football team.

Notre Dame officials said that a member of the university’s academic staff had raised suspicions that students had submitted papers and homework that were written for them by others. Notre Dame said it had informed the NCAA because of potential rules violations, and said the four players would be held out of practices …