Did Columbia J-Students Cheat on Final Exam in Ethics Course?

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By: E&P Staff

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism is looking into reports that students cheated on the final exam for a course titled “Critical Issues in Journalism,” reports The New York Times.

The exam was an open-book, take-home exam in which students had 90 minutes to write a few essays. In order to access the exam, students had to log into a Columbia Web site.

Approximately 200 students were in the course, taught by Professor Samuel G. Freedman, who also occasionally contributes to columns in the Times, says the paper.

No individual student has been formally accused of a violation and details on how the students may have cheated were not released, reports the Times, but all 200 students will be required to attend a special session of the course to discuss the allegations.

The course, which focuses on “the social role of journalism and the journalist from legal, historical, ethical, and economic perspectives,” is actually a pass-fail course, says the Times.

David A. Klatell, vice dean of the school, said in an email obtained by Times that any student who does not attend the special session will not receive a passing grade in the course.

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