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Harvard students bridle over test cheating investigation

Professor’s test rules permissive, confusing, they say

When the Harvard University student, then a senior, turned in his take-home final exam for “Introduction to Congress” last spring, he thought he had done nothing wrong.

Yes, he had shared notes with friends in the course. But the instructions on the exam said students should consider it “completely open book, open note, open Internet, etc.” The professor had encouraged students to collaborate in their other course work. So even though the exam also included the admonition that “students may not discuss the exam with others — this includes resident tutors, writing centers, etc.,” the student said he figured it would be safe to swap a few ideas.

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