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Monday, February 04, 2013

Dozens of Harvard Students Suspended For Cheating on “Introduction to Congress” Exam

It would be interesting to know how many of these students are actively pursuing careers in politics.
I’m sure that most members of Congress would have to make their way through this course, and chances are they would have done it at Yale, Harvard or a similar institution.
“The official announcement came as no surprise to many undergraduates, who saw dozens of classmates, teammates, and friends quickly disappear from campus without explanation throughout the fall semester.
But the statement provided new perspective on the details of the investigation, a process that even Smith conceded had experienced delays because of its massive scale.
Though Harvard officials declined to comment further on the details of the case, Smith’s letter outlined a series of possible reforms that may be put in place to help students and faculty avoid similar situations in the future.
The students were accused of collaborating on the last of four take-home exams in the spring 2012 lecture Government 1310: Introduction to Congress.
The students were given a week to complete the exams. Suspicions were first made public last August, when Harvard announced it was dealing with a cheating scandal of unknown scope.”
“This course seeks to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Congress as both a representative and policymaking institution. The course is an “introduction” in that the material does not require any prior knowledge of the U.S. Congress. Initially, the readings focus on questions of representation, namely how electoral incentives shape legislative behavior.
With that foundation, the second half of the course examines how the institutional structure translates these representational aspects into policymaking.
By the end of the semester students should be able to: 1. understand how questions of institutional design impact both the pace and nature of policy change over time; 2. demonstrate a broad knowledge of legislative processes; and 3. develop an integrative, rather than insular, view of Congress and American politics more broadly.”
If these students are actually thinking about going into politics, it looks like they will fit in just fine.
We all know that this how people like George W. Bush made their way through college, but it is interesting to see this sort of reaction from Harvard.
By JG Vibes

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