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Harvard's Dean of Undergrad Ed Visits CS50, Tells Students Not to Cheat


Orientation Session Harvard's CS50

Students at the CS50 orientation session were told to never Google solutions, and never borrow a friend's work.

Credit: Amy Y. Li / The Harvard Crimson

After a flood of cheating cases roiled Computer Science 50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" last year, Harvard's Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris implored students in the course not to cheat on assignments at an orientation session Wednesday (Sept. 6) night.

Course head David J. Malan introduced Harris to scattered applause and muttering among the 300-odd attendees. The dean spoke for roughly 20 minutes near the end of the session, repeatedly and bluntly warning against cheating. 

"No one should leave this room not understanding 100 percent what it is that you may and may not do in this course," Harris said, adding that cheating is "boneheaded."

The unusual presentation follows a cheating scandal in the course that stretched the Honor Council — the body that enforces Harvard's Honor Code — to its limits. Last year, 60 CS50 enrollees appeared before the Council to face charges of academic dishonesty

From The Harvard Crimson
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