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Dartmouth Cheating Scandal Threatens the Academic Progress of Students

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Colleges around the nation are increasingly facing a threat facilitated by technology: cheating. For Ivy League schools that offer medical programs, this issue is becoming an insurmountable obstacle that's prompting administrations to make rash decisions. But for students, these overzealous actions are causing more harm than good. As a result, innocent students confess to acts they did not commit, preferring lesser sanctions instead of expulsion.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College recently announced that it caught 17 students cheating on their exams after monitoring their online activity. The college's trackers found that the students used Canvas, an online course platform, to access unauthorized material while taking an open book test.

The Ivy League school later confronted students on Zoom about their actions. Some students alleged that the school encouraged them to admit to their cheating to receive lesser penalties, sparking outrage across campus. Some students, fearing sanctions, admitted to the charges to stay enrolled.

This move is causing outrage throughout campus, especially after students admitted to cheating, although they did not. For example, the administration flagged those logged onto their phones as cheaters, even if they did not participate in unauthorized activity.

Losing Placement Over Cheating Allegations

Medical students work hard to maintain acceptable grades and behavioral conduct that are the hallmarks of their future profession. As a result of the allegations, some students are reporting suicidal ideation and panic attacks.

To defend its actions, Dartmouth released a statement indicating that it used students' previous testing behavior to ensure that their procedure was fair to students. However, some claim that the school's flawed methodology and lack of transparency are placing innocent students at risk of receiving sanctions and, in worst-case scenarios, expulsion.

To date, three students accused of cheating received permanent discharge from their medical programs, and others received suspensions and lesser sanctions. Despite the public outcry and a petition for accountability, Dartmouth asked students who feel unfairly treated to appeal through the university's official process.

Fighting Allegations of Academic Misconduct

Medical programs are notoriously complex and rigorous. These programs prepare students for the profession they plan to enter, calling for high standards and ethical conduct. However, with false accusations, innocent medical students are at risk of losing placement, rendering their time and effort lost.

It can be challenging for expelled students to re-enter a new medical program, especially with a note on their permanent record that involves a cheating scandal. Some become discouraged to the point where they drop out of medical school and pursue a different degree.

Without a proper defense strategy and the help of an attorney advisor, students are at the mercy of overzealous panels that are quick to enforce sanctions.

If you or a family member face allegations of cheating, don't wait until it's time to appeal. Call Joseph D. Lento from the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.

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