Major cheating allegations at one of the nation’s top universities have sparked a national conversation about the necessity of honor codes.
Harvard University announced last week that about 125 undergraduate students might have inappropriately collaborated on a take-home final exam in a large lecture class last semester.
And at the forefront of this scandal is Harvard’s lack of a formal honor system or code.
The allegations have prompted the university to consider implementing an honor code, according to a statement in the Harvard Gazette, the university’s official newspaper.
“These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in the statement.