Dartmouth Busts Kids Cheating—in Ethics Class

64 were using clickers to answer questions for absent classmates
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2015 9:58 AM CST
In this 2012 photo, students walk across the Dartmouth College campus green in Hanover, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – One might expect students taking a class called "Sports, Ethics, and Religion" to know better, but Dartmouth College says that it's uncovered widespread cheating in a class with that title, reports Bloomberg. "I feel pretty burned by the whole thing," says class professor Randall Balmer, who says he found 43 kids were using a clicker to answer questions for absent students. "I’ve never faced anything on this scale before." After he made the bust, and reported it as an honor code violation, another 21 students came forward.

The class was aimed at jocks, and many of those accused are student athletes, notes the Valley News. Laments Dartmouth's ethics institute director, the current generation was "raised with the notion that they are the best, not with the notions of integrity, responsibility, and self-sacrifice. It’s a difficult notion for an 18-year-old—self-regulation." Balmer opted to drop students by a letter grade rather than flunk them, in what Gawker says is "the right thing to do, not that any of them would know it."

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