Around 60 students have been suspended for the largest cheating scandal in memory of the Ivy League institution last year. The university implicated as many as 125 students in the scandal, this came to light when a teaching assistant realized that students have shared answers in a take-home test for the final exam in a class on Congress.
Harvard University is an American Private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, its history, wealth and influence has made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The students pay about $63,000 a year to attend after coming through a highly competitive admissions process.
The faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Michael Smith told the staff and students in the University near Boston, “somewhat more than half of the cases under investigation ended with students being required to withdraw from the college for a period of time.” He also said that, “Of the remaining cases, roughly half the students received disciplinary probation, while the balance ended in no disciplinary action,” reported The Times of India.
The investigation process took longer time because the university really had made painstaking efforts by hiring additional staff members to comb through each student's exam and even color-coding specific words that appeared in multiple papers. Some Harvard professors and alumni, along with many students even have protested that the university was too slow in resolving the cases. The university was slow but too tough on the accused. While the professor involved in the scandal is not yet identified but this will also be solved soon. The dean of the university called the cheating incident 'unprecedented' and said that reforms are made to promote the academic integrity.