Harvard students suspended for cheating on exam

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Cambridge, MA, United States (4E) – About 70 students of Harvard University have been suspended for cheating on a take-home final exam in May last year, an official of the school has revealed.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith said in an e-mail to the university on Friday that the number constitute more than half the 125 students investigated by the College’s Administrative Board from September to December last year for the cheating discovered by assistant professor Matthew B. Platt.

The exam answers and typographical errors of students of the class on Government 1310: “Introduction to Congress” apparently were identical indicating collaboration and plagiarism, according to Platt.

The class’ 279 students are mostly varsity athletes. The university’s star basketball players and co-captains Kyle D. Casey and Brandyn T. Curry were among those investigated and were withdrawing from the team.

The suspension will last four months before students could return to the school.

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