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Apparently Hanover isn’t the only town experiencing a high school cheating scandal. A few years ago, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, several students obtained a copy of the master key to their high school and handed down the key to other students as they graduated. These keys granted the students access to all of the rooms in the school, allowing them to steal countless exams and share answers via cell phone messages. The school’s locks are being changed and students will receive school punishments. Unlike at Hanover High School, there has been no mention of contacting the police to press trespassing or breaking and entering charges.
Students involved in the Hanover High scandal blamed their actions on the pressure of living so close to a high caliber Ivy League School. That’s a new excuse to me. “Dartmouth made me do it” simply doesn’t satisfy, particularly as Dartmouth’s Honor Code is clear on issues of plagiarism and cheating. I can only hope that parents and students recognize the appalling lack of integrity displayed by these students and take action in their own families to encourage personal responsibility. Schools may be havens of learning, but reality eventually greets us all. At Hanover High School, it arrived even sooner when school officials looked outside of their own disciplinary systems to address the cheating. While certainly damaging to the futures of the students involved, I’m sure that the choice to involve local authorities will serve as a strong deterrent for others “pressured” by the stress of applying to schools like Dartmouth.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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