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Monday, March 07, 2011

At Lawyers, Guns and Money, a very interesting series on how to respond to suspected academic dishonesty. Professor Charli Carpenter, who teaches in the Political Science department at UMass Amherst, received an email request from a student at another institution, ostensibly asker her to comment on an article she had written, but which may actually have been the student's homework assignment. She was initially unsure as to what the appropriate response to this should be, but ultimately decided that she should advise the student's professor of this student's activity. I'd be interested in learning what comes of it, but that's not particularly important. What makes the discussion notable is the careful thought that was given to a fairly nuanced problem. My initial reaction, which is in the comments thread following her first post, was that this was a No Harm, No Foul sort of situation, but I have been persuaded that I was wrong. There is some room for doubt as to whether this student was cheating, but the suspicion of cheating is important enough to merit reporting.

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