Stanford University has opened a probe into allegations of widespread cheating taking place during the winter quarter in several introductory courses, the University Herald website reports today (March 30, 2015).
Provost John Etchemendy issued a letter last week to the school's faculty members mentioning "troubling allegations of academic dishonesty." He indicated that these allegations were brought to the Office of Community Standards after the winter quarter had concluded.
"In violating academic integrity," Etchemendy wrote, "they are cheating themselves of the very core of our mission -- the process of learning and discovery -- as well as risking severe consequences."
One of the most selective and academically prestigious schools in the nation, Stanford announced the admission of 2,144 students. Stanford officials are currently interviewing those students suspected of cheating.