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Harvard University has long been looked at as a pillar of educational standards, but a new cheating scandal might damage its reputation. Late last month, the New England school announced an investigation into whether or not as many as 125 undergrads committed “academic dishonesty” during a take-home final exam for the Government 1310: Introduction to Congress course, over the spring.

While the story started as speculation, an unidentified football player admitted to the Harvard Crimson that “a few players” may have been involved in cheating. Among them are Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey, both senior co-captains on the men’s basketball team.

Rather than fight the allegations and potentially risk a one-year suspension, Casey has withdrawn from the university for the year, while Curry has yet to make a decision on his next move.

Coming off a 26-5 season, and winning the Ivy League conference for the first time in the school’s history, Curry and Casey have played big roles in driving the team to victory. Curry is also Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s second-most used player on the team with an average of 30.3 minutes per game.

The news of the dishonesty allegations comes just as a teacher in Atlanta was fired for helping her students cheat on standardized tests, because she felt that they were “dumb as hell.”


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