Months after Dartmouth College accused 17 medical students of cheating on one or more exams, the university has dropped the honor-code charges against the students, even though it knew weeks ago that the data used to accuse them was inaccurate.
The New York Times reported in May that administrators at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine had accused 17 medical students of cheating during remove exams, evidence of which they obtained from online activity monitoring software. The Times highlighted the case of 22-year-old Sirey Zhang, a first-year student and one of the 17 accused of cheating. Dartmouth claimed that Zhang looked up course material pertaining to one question during three separate tests and threatened to expel him.
Zhang insisted he had not cheated and said he was told by officials at Dartmouth’s student affairs office to just plead guilty and show remorse in order to receive a better outcome. Terrified, Zhang did just that, but is now appealing the decision to suspend