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In May 2012, Harvard forced dozens of students in a Government class to leave in its largest cheating scandal in memory, but the institution would not address assertions that the blame rested partly with a professor and his teaching assistants. The issue is whether cheating is...

It’s an intriguing question. When should a university be forced to return an endowment because it hasn’t been used for the designated purpose? A case in point is a $300,000 endowment established by Roger Lindmark, a 1974 graduate of St, John’s University in Collegeville, Minnes...

December 19, 2017

If I were still a teaching professor, at this time of year I would have been inundated with student requests for letters of recommendation. Alas, I retired 1 ½ years ago so this is one chore I no longer have to do. What’s more important is the ethical dilemma I used to deal wit...

Cheating in college has reached epidemic proportions. Even though the rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steadily around 75 percent since the first major survey on cheating in higher education in 1963, the ways in which cheati...

Why Do Students Cheat

Cheating in our schools has become commonplace. About 70 percent of high-school students reported they have cheated. Ninety percent admit to having copied student’s homework. The rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers...

December 2, 2014

The Ends do not justify the Means in an Ethical Decision-Making System

Five ethical values underlie academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Recent disclosures about the actions of two professors at prominent universities brings into question whe...

November 18, 2014

Architect of Obamacare Admits to Misleading the Public about the Bill

MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, should be fired by MIT for violating academic integrity by purposefully lying about the effect of the bill on Americans and disguising its tru...

October 28, 2014

‘Tar heel-Gate Raises Many Ethical Issues about the Behavior of UNC Officials

If you’re a sports fan, by now you have probably heard about that paper-class scandal that I call “Tar heel-Gate” where 3,100 student-athletes at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill were es...

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