More Than Half Of Students Charged In Harvard Cheating Case Forced To Withdraw

More than half of the Harvard students involved in last year’s cheating scandal have been forced to withdraw from the university, according to an email sent out today to the Harvard community. The investigation into members of Government 1310: Introduction to Congress was first announced in August, after similarities were found in 125 take-home open-book final exams.

The Crimson reports that of the students initially charged by the university more than half were required to withdraw, while about half of those who are allowed to stay on campus received disciplinary probation. No actions were taken against the other students.

As Bloomberg points out, Harvard stated in August that students forced to withdraw as a result of cheating could be off campus for up to two semesters.

  • Old Money Still Wins

    Only a 2 semester suspension? What happened to expulsion? I guess Harvard knows it’ll be in deep shit from its wealthy and powerful alumni if their children were kicked out.

    • PrincetonLAW

      The idea behind making them withdraw is tied much more closely to avoiding a slip in the graduation rate (about 98%)…Could you imagine having 75 students just dropped… Another factor is Harvard provides grants to many of its students as a form of financial aid (~35,000 a year) so depending on where these students are in their college career Harvard stands to loose hundreds of thousands of dollars in “investment”

      • I’m Sorry

        I partly agree with your post, but I cannot believe that you made the mistake of confusing “loose” with “lose”. I see people everywhere making that error these days, but I expected an Ivy Leaguer to know better.

        • anon

          The person is not an ivy leaguer because they think Princeton has a law school.

  • Harvard Cheating

    TThe real egregious cheating at Harvard is being committed by the men’s basketball team and its flagrant violation of Ivy League rules concerning the Academic Index. This past recruiting cycle, Harvard recruited and enrolled (in September 2012) a prep school player who had not even made his high school varsity team. Harvard matriculated a high school JV player just to add his sky-high SAT scores to the team average. That speaks to how low the AI scores of the Crimson’s other players are — you know, the ones who are asked to actually touch the ball.

    There aren’t enough technical fouls in the world to call against what Harvard is doing. Tweet!

    • Columbia ’13

      Hmm. This is an interesting point. I would like to see this issue examined a little further.

    • anon

      Harvard, Princeton, and Penn generally do not report the academic records of their athletes in their stats. They are way too low and would kill their records. That is why their sports teams stand out way better than the rest.

    • Anon

      I am curious to know who this JV player is. All the players on the Harvard roster seem to have been studs in high school.

      • JV Player at Harvard

        As a courtesy to the young man, I’m going to try to identify him in a way which does not follow him whenever his name is searched on Google. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School, the prestigious prep school in Los Angeles. When he was being recruited by Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker during his junior year of high school (2010-11), he was still on his high school junior varsity team. He may well be the first high school JV player ever recruited by a college program which at the time was flirting with a national Top 25 ranking.

        His senior year, he made the varsity squad but rarely saw court time, averaging 1.7 points per game and scoring a total of 46 points all season. Nevertheless, he was admitted to Harvard and announced as part of the six-player recruiting class of 2012 in a standard press release dated August 1, 2012 under the headline, “Men’s Basketball Adds Six Newcomers to the Fold for 2012-13 Season.”

        Shortly after arriving on campus in September, coach Amaker informed the young man that his services would no longer be welcome and he was asked to leave the team. He remains a freshman at Harvard. Interestingly, Amaker’s attention to detail extends to going back to the archives of the team’s press releases. Today, if you search back to August 1, 2012, you will find a boilerplate press release with the headline, “Men’s Basketball Adds Five Newcomers to the Fold for 2012-13 Season.” The young man has been officially erased from his brief history on the Harvard varsity basketball team.

        However, based upon the original six-player press release and the young man’s public commitment to Harvard and subsequent enrollment, his name appears on the Crimson squad roster on the dozen or so websites which track college basketball statistics by player. If you want to search for him, the young man’s last name has two syllables. The second syllable is “Rae.” The first syllable is the same as the first syllable of the global fast food chain which sells Quarter Pounders and Big Macs. His first name is the large city in New Jersey directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

        • Fact Check

          I searched for the initial six-player press release by googling “Men’s Basketball Adds Six Newcomers to the Fold for 2012-13 Season.” The press release itself has now been changed to reflect only five players, but the unedited headline appears in several sports and Harvard University websites in its original form.

  • anon

    They all should have been expelled. There is way too much cheating and overlooking of cheating going on at Harvard.

  • BlueDevil

    HARVARD SUX!!! DUKE RULES!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anon

      Way to live up to the Duke stereotype….