42% of Harvard Freshmen Admit to Cheating
Survey won't exactly help university's image issues
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 6, 2013 1:32 PM CDT
Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – To get into Harvard, you have to be the best and the brightest—or at least copy off the best and brightest's paper. In a Harvard Crimson survey, 10% of incoming freshmen said they'd cheated on a test, 17% admitted cheating on a paper or take-home project, and 42% admitted cheating on a homework assignment. All of those numbers went up among athletic recruits, and among men. The survey covered 1,300 students, or 80% of the incoming class.

The numbers are not likely to help the university recoup its image in the wake of its cheating scandal, the LA Times points out. A Harvard spokesman responded to the report by pointing out that cheating was "a national problem," but said Harvard was taking action against cheating "through faculty and presentations to students."

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Sep 7, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
It makes the indoctrination easier to admit students already predisposed to the process.
Sep 7, 2013 10:51 AM CDT
This is news? That 58% didn't admit they cheated?
Sep 7, 2013 9:38 AM CDT
From Ivy league to crab grass in less than two seasons! Our best exports!