Dartmouth College has accused 64 students of cheating in a “Sports, Ethics, and Religion” course taught last fall, the Valley News reports. Randall Balmer, chairman of the religion department, discovered in October that absent students in his class were passing their clickers to classmates who were present to answer in-class questions on their behalf.
Mr. Balmer told the newspaper that most of the students involved had been suspended for a semester. In the fall he counted 43 students who handed off their clickers in the roughly 275-person class, but that number does not include the students who facilitated the cheating.
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The popular class was initially designed to help the college’s athletes, many of whom struggled with freshman-year coursework.
Diana Lawrence, a spokeswoman for the college, said it would not offer more-detailed comment on the proceedings until the appeals process ends this month.