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Harvard investigates up to 125 over alleged cheating

NEW YORK -- As many as 125 students at Harvard University are being probed for allegedly cheating in a final exam at the elite institution, administrators said Thursday.

The official university site reported that a large number of undergraduates “may have inappropriately collaborated on answers, or plagiarized classmates' responses, on the final exam for the course.”

An initial investigation by the Harvard College Administration Board of more than 250 final exams resulted in cases of alleged cheating involving “nearly half the students in the class.”

Neither the course, nor the students were identified in the scandal, which would be one of the biggest at the Ivy League college.

According to the account, the allegations arose when a faculty member noticed “similarities between a number of exams.”

Harvard said the cheating allegations were limited to one class, but that the incident had already prompted reforms. The College Committee on Academic Integrity is to present “recommendations to reinforce the faculty's expectations of academic honesty,” the Harvard news website said.

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