Harvard University, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world, issued academic sanctions at least 60 students who have been asked to withdraw from their studies for a period of time. The academic sanctions were imposed amid allegations of students being involved in a cheating scandal.
The cheating scandal unearthed after a teaching assistant in a spring semester undergraduate-level government class detected anomalies in the take-home test, indicating that students may have inappropriately collaborated on answers, or plagiarized classmates' responses, during the final exam for the course.
Following the revelation last year, school officials implicated as many as 125 students may have been involved in the scandal.
The oldest university in the US announced that officials had finished the months-long investigation and have decided on the punishments for the students involved in the highly-publicized scandal.
Michael D. Smith, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean, sent out an email Friday declaring that more than half of the 125 students identified to be involved in the cheating scandal had been asked to vacate the school for a period of time.
Smith pointed to the scale of cheating incident as “unprecedented” and mentioned that the reforms are being planned to “promote academic integrity and a deeper understanding of it within our community."