Can an honor code prevent cheating at Harvard?
People are led on a tour group at the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Dozens of Harvard University students are being investigated for cheating after school officials discovered evidence they may have wrongly shared answers or plagiarized on a final exam. Harvard officials on Thursday didn't release the class subject, the students' names, or specifically how many are being investigated. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) / Elise Amendola
Formal honor codes are hard to implement and fairly rare on American campuses. But some would argue they're especially important at places like Harvard that are wellsprings of so many future leaders in government and business.
Donald McCabe of Rutgers University is an expert on academic cheating. He puts the number of schools that go beyond such rules with some sort of formal honor code at no more than about 100.
Research dating back 40 years shows lower rates of cheating on campuses with honor codes. Still, such numbers show codes aren't a guarantee, and he says they won't work everywhere.
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