Members of Harvard University’s basketball, football, baseball and hockey teams were ensnared in a cheating investigation. Some were forced to temporarily withdraw from the school after being confronted in the fall.
Harvard University hopes that veritas has finally been restored.
The nation’s oldest college announced that it had finished doling out punishment in its months-long investigation in a highly-publicized cheating scandal.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith sent out a campus-wide email Friday saying that more than half of the 125 students implicated in the investigation into cheating had been asked to leave the school for for a period of time.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith sent out a campus-wide email Friday telling the Harvard community that more than half of the 125 students implicated in the cheating investigation had been asked to leave the school for a period of time.
The allegations of cheating stemmed from a spring semester government course titled “Introduction to Congress” after a teaching assistant noticed that some students had given identical answers on a take-home test.
While some of the students received their punishment in the fall, others were notified in late December, the school said.
“This is a time for communal reflection and action,” Smith wrote. “We are responsible for creating the community in which our students study and we all thrive as scholars.”
The cheating scandal was a constant topic of conversation and anxiety among students, and members of the basketball, football, baseball and hockey teams were ensnared in the investigation.
The cheating scandal was a hot topic on and around the Harvard Yard. Officials are now hoping the school can focus on building scholars rather than cheaters.
“The students who are implicated in this scandal from last spring still need to be recognized as members of our community … They shouldn’t feel alienated from Harvard,” said Harvard Undergraduate Council President Tara Raghuveer. “This was an unfortunate incident. Students are being punished accordingly.”
Smith said that the college would now concentrate on new ways to help the college live up to its famous motto: honesty.