For Harvard Cheaters, an Uneasy Return to School

They face new campus culture as university looks at honor

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2013 2:00 AM CDT | Updated Sep 17, 2013 8:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – Last year's Harvard cheating scandal earned some 70 culprits the boot; now, with the new school year beginning, they're returning to campus. But things are different now, the New York Times reports: For one thing, interactions with fellow students are fraught with unspoken tension. "I think everybody knows why I was gone, and it’s what they were talking about the whole time, but nobody says anything to my face," says one of those accused.

Meanwhile, the university is overhauling its approach to cheating. Now, academic honesty is "talked about in every class, it’s on every syllabus—what kind of collaboration is allowed, what the rules are," says a sophomore. Harvard is considering creating a special panel—which would include student representatives—to address charges of cheating. The school may also institute an honor code—a set of guidelines, like those used at some other schools, that often require student signatures. But questions remain over whether faculty members have faced adequate scrutiny over their own roles in the scandal. Click for the full piece.

Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
Pedestrians walk through a gate on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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