More than 100 Harvard undergraduates are under investigation for allegedly plagiarizing on a certain class’ final take-home exam last spring. The class? Government 1310: “Introduction to Congress.”
The Harvard Crimson, a student newspaper, reported Thursday that nearly half of the 279 students who took the course, taught by professor Matthew Platt, are now under scrutiny from Harvard College’s disciplinary board.
Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris called the the alleged cheating incident “unprecedented in anyone’s living memory.”
According to the Crimson, Platt noticed similarities in “10 to 20” exams back in May, and brought them to the attention of the school’s Administrative Board. The Board then reviewed each final exam submitted in the course, and concluded that 125 were suspicious.
“These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
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