In an exemplary instance of academic integrity, Harvard University has punished dozens of students after a probe into cheating during an open-book, take-home final exam. The School of Government and Public Policy had convicted 125 students in the scandal. The class known as ‘Introduction to Congress’ was widely seen as an easy way to get good scores.
The probe began after a teaching assistant in an undergraduate class had detected problems including shared answers. The school’s academic integrity board has resolved all the cases related to the cheating incident. More than half the students involved in the scandal had to withdraw from the school for a specified period while out of the rest, half were put on disciplinary probation while the remaining were let off.