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Harvard Scandal Has Schools Looking at Honor Codes

The Harvard academic scandal isn't about athletics, even though there are athletes involved. You can tell by the way other universities are reacting to the mess at the Ivy League institution.

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We haven't touched on the Harvard scandal lately, mostly because there hasn't been much to say. Other than a massive roster overhaul that the Crimson published in the past week, the case has been mostly silent.

Sure, there have been those writers who falsely believe that this is another case of academics taking a back seat to athletics. But those articles haven't been worth linking out to, because well, those writers are wrong.

You can tell that this is about more than athletics because the incident has caused some major universities on the level of the Harvards of the world to start looking at their own honor codes, a concept that according to the Stanford Daily, doesn't exist at Harvard.

Stanford has taken the tact of re-emphasizing the code with its freshman class, and laying out the punishments that a situation like the one at Harvard would bring to its students should they fall into the same trap.

Over at Princeton, the school most likely to benefit in the athletic arena from the Harvard mess, the Council of the Princeton University Community is looking at the Honor Code there to make recommendations on its usefulness in the current educative climate.

See, the people who know things, know that this is not about sports, but about academic integrity. So people should stop bashing Harvard thinking that it gave up on its reputation as a top University just to hang a few banners.

Or you could take the tact of Anna Strong at the Daily Pennsylvanian, who stopped feeling sorry for the Crimson and started imagining how Penn could actually benefit.