Cheating Scandal at Duke Business School:

"Duke's business school punishes 34 graduate students for cheating":

Nine students face expulsion from the competitive two-year program, which will cost first-year students in 2007 almost $50,000 for tuition, books and a laptop computer. Another 15 students could be suspended for one year and receive a failing grade in the course.

Nine others are set to get a failing grade, and one student could receive a failing grade on an assignment separate from the exam. Four others were found not guilty ....

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Joel Rosenberg (mail) (www):
Of course, this being Duke, one has to wonder if the evidence that they cheated were conflicting, preposterous stories told by a stripper with eleventy-seven different mild-altering pharmaceuticals in her body . . .
5.1.2007 6:03pm
gasman (mail):
After seeing what passes for business ethics lately, I'm wondering if this will look favorable on their resume.
5.1.2007 6:04pm
Off-kilter stats:
Here's the Bloomberg story on the same thing.

That story cites to a Rutgers study which found that 56% of those in business school reported cheating, while 45% of those in law school reported cheating. While this bodes well(?) for the relative ethics of lawyers, I feel like 45% is astronomically large. That and I was never aware of cheating in law school — I don't even know HOW you would do that...
5.1.2007 6:05pm
George Weiss:
i suggest they fire the dean and cancel the season...oh wait..wrong activity
5.1.2007 6:11pm
I'm impressed that at least they're expelling some people. Business schools are notorious for being soft on this sort of thing. I've been told (by a pretty reliable source) that the standard practice at Wharton (UPenn) is that a student caught cheating on a test gets a C on that test.
5.1.2007 6:26pm
Barbara Skolaut (mail):
I've never understood the "logic" of cheaters.

If it involves copying from someone else's test paper, if you don't know the answer yourself, how do you know the person next to you has the right answer?

And, assuming you managed to cheat your way through school and graduate, wouldn't you be worried about not knowing enough to do the job you've supposedly been training for?

I always thought it was just easier to learn the required information than to cheat. Less pressure, too.
5.1.2007 6:37pm
PatHMV (mail) (www):
Good for them. It's about time academia started cracking down harder on student cheating.

Off-kilter, having served as chairman of the student conduct committee in law school, I can assure you it's possible. One case we had involved a student who submitted an almost carbon copy of another student's paper for a pass-fail "legal research &writing" class. The copying was so blatant, and the student's excuses and explanations so pathetic, that the student was expelled.

Many classes these days offer take-home exams, or are graded on the basis of a research paper. In more traditional classes, some students might still try to sneak in prohibited materials... or access such materials over the internet while typing the exam answers on their laptop.

We also had a real problem with students forging classmate's initials on the class roll (usually for a significant other). Those were rarely actually prosecuted, though I recall one time when a professor announced, after passing around the roll, that he would be writing down the names of all class attendees at the end of the class as they filed through the door... miraculously, several students suddenly had to go to the bathroom, and 2 or 3 students who had "signed" the roll came in about 30 minutes late.
5.1.2007 6:40pm
gasman: Cheating might not look bad, but getting caught certainly does.
5.1.2007 6:43pm
KeithK (mail):

If it involves copying from someone else's test paper, if you don't know the answer yourself, how do you know the person next to you has the right answer?

The key is sitting next to someone who you know will get the right answer. Part of succeeding in management is surrounding yourself with good people, right? :-)
5.1.2007 7:38pm
elChato (mail):
What a waste. You have to be smart to get into Duke, and smart to do well even on a business-school test you cheated on. I wonder how they will explain the diminished grades or suspensions to future employers, to say nothing of the ones who face expulsion.
5.1.2007 7:58pm
Peter Wimsey:
I'm very surprised by the 45% cheat rate - not so much because of the honesty of student as much because I'm not sure how so many people could cheat. At least at my school, the vast majority of classes were graded based on 4-hour essay tests which differed from section to section.

Sure, there was room around the margin for cheaters - a writing class, maybe, or the odd multiple choice test - but there just wasn't much opportunity to cheat.

Unless students were simply bribing the professors...
5.1.2007 8:44pm
michael (mail) (www):
'I will not lie or cheat or tolerate those who do,' Air Force Academy honor code. Surviving there can be a bit chancy, also in the sense that having the proper procedure helps, like in the rest of a military career. One of the apparent rituals in the first year is that you are told that there is a 10 question multiple choice test over standard Air Force info that you are to take when you get back to your dorm room (everyone is on an intranet and has a computer). The temptaion has to be to ask your roomate, if he did it first, 'What were those answers?.. aefgh etc?' Well you put this in and the computer is tracking your entry times. If they look like you set out to put 'aefgh etc.' w/o going through the questions, it's time for a non Air Force experience.
5.1.2007 8:54pm
Seriously, in response to George Weiss's comment above, why aren't the dean and the director of admissions being fired? These are just children, after all, and those in authority should take responsibility for them.
5.1.2007 9:59pm
There were an unusual amount of people going to the bathroom in my law school exam recently. It was closed everything. I don't know anyone cheated but there are certainly ways to write exams that are more susceptible to cheating or not. This one was closed everything with little time pressure so I'm expecting whatever cheaters there were to be rewarded.
5.1.2007 10:37pm
George Weiss:
just so there wont be a doubt.

my comment above was a joke..i dont actually want the dean fired.

and in response to the one who says we should fire the dean (who got the idea from my sarcastic comment):

no...they should not be fired...they caught the bad guys and did their job...thats as silly as firing the police chief every time there is a slight rise in crime statistics.

the fact that they were caught says something too..while crime statistics are reported even when the crime isnt solved...cheating is pretty much only identified when you also solve the the fact that they solved the case could mean better efficiency on the part of the dean..not less.
5.1.2007 11:19pm
Humphrey Bogus (mail):
Latinist, your suggestion about Wharton is untrue. I graduated recently from the MBA program, and there were certainly cases of individuals being failed from classes (and potentially expelled) for cheating. Besides, Wharton's MBA program doesn't give A/B/C letter grades as it uses a different scale.
5.2.2007 3:27am
c.f.w. (mail):
Existence of lots of cheaters indicates a problem with the "corporate culture" at the school. There could and should be cheating audits to sort out schools that have a weak corporate culture. Also worth considering would be hackers paid to try to get good grades based on cheating - to see if it can be done. Just having a few "wild cards" could significantly deter cheaters, and faculty/administrators who tacitly allow or encourage cheating.
5.2.2007 1:10pm
JunkYardLawDog (mail):
Off Kilter, Maybe the lawyers are just better liars when it comes to responding to polls about cheating.

Says the "Dog"
5.2.2007 1:15pm
NeoConTheoConRightReactionaryZionist (mail):
I am a Duke MBA graduate (past few years). I would like to say that I am surprised, but I am not. Although it is impolitic to say, international students were notorious for cheating. This was ascribed to 'cultural factors' with the implication that we cannot possibly hold foreigners to the same standards as we hold ourselves.
5.2.2007 3:29pm
Mongoose 388:
Considering its Duke, I'm amazed it didn't take 88 ignorant professors to determine someone was cheating...
5.2.2007 3:56pm