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Dartmouth Drops Cheating Charges Against Med Students

The Dean of Dartmouth College’s medical school announced Wednesday that he was dropping an online cheating investigation of more than a dozen students at the school, the New York Times reported.

Seventeen students were charged with cheating in March based on a review of certain online activity on their devices during remote exams, the Times reported. The charges were based on data from a learning management system called Canvas that tracks students work electronically. A software review by the Times “found that students’ devices could automatically generate Canvas activity data even when no one was using them,” the newspaper reported.

The medical school had already dropped seven of the 17 cases after some students insisted that medical school administrators confused automated Canvas activity for human cheating.

“I have decided to dismiss all the honor code charges,” Dean Duane A. Compton, said in an email to members of the medical school. “I have apologized to the students for what they have been through.”

 

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