The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 17th, 2014
Cheating has made headlines again in recent weeks with investigations
at Dartmouth College and Duke University. The details of the two cases
are different, but both involve alleged violations by many students in a
single course, suddenly thrusting the instructors into the high-profile
role of guarding their institution’s academic rigor.
At Dartmouth, a religion professor noticed a discrepancy between the
number of students answering questions with clickers and the number who
appeared to be in the room in his "Sports, Ethics, and Religion" course.
After a bit of sleuthing, the professor, Randall Balmer, determined
that some students were using the clickers for other students to make it
appear that the absent students were showing up and completing in-class
work—a violation of the college’s Academic Honor Principle. (See timeline.)
So while he did not relish the duty, Mr. Balmer felt obliged to
report the incident. "If students are obligated to abide by the terms of
the honor code," he figured, "professors are as well."