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FUQUA Cheating Scandal rocks Duke

hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
edited May 2007 in Business School - MBA

Big numbers of students and suspensions.
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Replies to: FUQUA Cheating Scandal rocks Duke

  • the_prestigethe_prestige Registered User Posts: 2,185 Senior Member
    who the hell cheats in b-school? and who is dumb enough to collaborate in cheating on such a large scale? a bunch of halfwits. even a suspension or failure is going to follow them around -- everyone is going to know about this cheating scandal.

    this is going to suck for those fellow Fuqua graduates who didn't do anything wrong, its just an unnecessary / unfair reputational hit (at least for this and the following year).
  • ESSR181ESSR181 Registered User Posts: 197 Junior Member
  • alicantekidalicantekid Registered User Posts: 1,296 Senior Member
    No reason to cheat when GPA doesn't even matter (unless you're a banker)
  • Burb ParentBurb Parent Registered User Posts: 2,100 Senior Member
    When I went to a top MBA program in the early 80s, I was not aware of anyone cheating. Unless you aspire to the honor society, grades didn't count for much as long as you didn't fall below certain standards. I think only one potential employer looked at my grades (which were good BTW). But I did not want consulting (so many wanted this career then) and Ibanking.
  • roto56roto56 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    wonder how that's going to affect their ranking
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    It's hard for me to understand why MBA students cheat the most. How hard can business courses be anyway? I guess amount of cheating and course difficulty don't really correlate.
  • AureliusAurelius Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    On the contrary, can they honest expect students NOT to collaborate on a take-home exam? The whole concept of non-collaborative take-home exam seem pretty lame to me.
  • dallas808dallas808 Registered User Posts: 768 Member
    The honor code is the bedrock principle for many universities, including all the places that I attended. It is not something to be taken lightly. Sure, people do cheat on occasion. But those who are caught red-handed often face severe consequences. I am actually very surprised that Fuqua removes certain offenses from transcript after 1-3 years. In a few academic cheating cases that I know, the offenses led to practically the end of one's academic career.
    On the contrary, can they honest expect students NOT to collaborate on a take-home exam?
    Absolutely! How could we expect less?! These students are trained to be your and my future retirement fund manager or executives of public corporations, and maybe another President of United States. Oops on the last one.
  • LosLos Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    From that survey:
    " Fifty-six percent of graduate business students admitted they had cheated at least once in the last year, compared with 47 percent of non-business students."

    So the difference isn't that big. Part of it is the nature of the work. In traditional grad school, quite a few students are completely done with courses. Cheating in research isn't worth it because whoever you cheat from might review your paper.
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