February 1st, 2013
08:51 PM ET

Harvard students forced to withdraw amid cheating scandal

More than half of the students implicated in last year's cheating scandal at Harvard University have been required to withdraw from school for a period of time, a dean said in a statement Friday on behalf of the school.

More than a hundred students were investigated for plagiarism or for having "inappropriately collaborated" on a course's take-home, open-book spring final exam, said Michael D. Smith, Harvard's dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Many of those who were not forced to withdraw face disciplinary probation at the Ivy League institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the remaining were cleared.

The school would not release the specific breakdown of the numbers of affected students.


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  1. banasy©

    Why would these students jeopardize their collegiate future after jumping the hurdle of hard work required for getting into such a prestigious school?

    February 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I know. It doesn't make any kind of sense. Oh, and I meant to say it's nice to see you here so late. It's been a long time.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    @banasy-maybe they cheated to get in?

    February 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And hello Scottish Mama
    Well you know they sure have made their parents proud.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat(iah) I am doing well, now that I beat the flu in dec. I feel for banasy and chrissy. Proud now that they can go to the community college.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Scottish Mama

      I am glad to hear you are feeling better now. That flu sure has been knocking a lot of people down.
      It would really be funny if they had to go to community college and get turned for admission because of the cheating.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat(iah)- If they were promising, I fear they will never get the chance again. And seeing that some people were allowed to return if it is because their parents have money or are alumni. I think they should be able to post their names.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I agree with you on that Mama. It's not right that the privileged class be able to get away with this kind of thing. Any of the rest of us would be on the street.

      February 2, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Well chrissy, banasy and Mama, I got to go now. It was great being able to talk to everyone together again. I hope we can do this again tomorrow. Goodnight all.

    February 2, 2013 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Yet another rejection.
    It's difficult to get or keep anything posted here if one veers far from the party line.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      It's hard to know what the party line is...certainly comments pertaining to the story are rejected regularly.

      February 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    JIF won no friends by observing that one of CNN's own, with a creatively French-sounding name, wrote poorly.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
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    February 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |