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Harvard students shouldn’t need an honor code to know not to cheat

RE “HARVARD weighs honor code” (Metro, April 7):

The idea that a student who gets into Harvard doesn’t know that cheating is unethical is simply laughable. The only think funnier is that some administrator thinks an “honor code” will make a difference.

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The root cause of this mess, of which I suspect we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, is the culture around getting into elite academic institutions and the win-at-all-costs mentality that it engenders.

If Harvard were to change its admissions criteria and policies to look at character as a fully equal component of admissions — asking why applicants volunteered for the food kitchen, and was it just to get into Harvard — perhaps they can begin to change the culture of elitism and entitlement they’ve created which has led to this mess.

Phil Shevrin

Lexington

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