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Nearly Half Of IU Dentistry Class Caught Cheating

Forty-six students at the Indiana University School of Dentistry cracked a password and gained access to test answers. Nine students have been expelled.

Forty-six students at the Indiana University School of Dentistry have been reprimanded for cheating on an exam in late February. Nine of those students were expelled Friday, while 16 others were suspended from the school, for periods ranging from three months to two years. IU School of Dentistry Dean Lawrence Goldblatt says some of the students cracked the password and gained access to the answers of a test that had been sent to them in advance. Goldblatt says students were supposed to be given the password on the day of the exam. He says academic dishonesty is something the university takes very seriously.

Goldblatt says another student tipped off the class’s professor that the cheating was happening. He says an analysis of password mechanisms has been conducted to make cracking into encrypted files even more difficult. Students who were not expelled or suspended received letters of reprimand that highlighted the school’s academic code of conduct.

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