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Did the approval of a new honor code make a difference in the wildly different results on self-reported cheating between class years at Harvard?

Probably not.

The Harvard Crimson‘s senior survey found that 17 percent of Harvard seniors said they cheated while at Harvard. Plus:

Just 15 percent of all respondents admitted to cheating on a homework assignment or a problem set—less than half of the rate reported in a similar survey of the Class of 2013. …

Seniors were much more likely to suspect cheating among their peers than to admit to cheating themselves. On average, surveyed seniors guessed that 53 percent of the class had cheated on a homework assignment or a problem set, 32 percent on a paper or take-home exam, and 14 percent on an in-class exam.

Seniors weren’t particularly moved by approval this spring of a first-ever honor code, which won’t take effect for another year:

While the newly approved honor code will go into effect long after the Class of 2014 has left Harvard, just 12 percent of surveyed seniors said an honor code would have changed the way they approached academic integrity during their time as Harvard students.

The survey included 758 people, nearly half the graduating class, though not all answered every question, The Crimson said. The school suffered through a major cheating scandal two years ago.

There’s much more in the survey results, including non-straight students (15 percent of the class), non-theists (a whopping 38 percent), and males who regularly consume porn (48 percent), here.

h/t Campus Reform

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A Harvard professor of international affairs clearly wasn’t expecting a massive Internet smackdown when he tweeted matter-of-factly:

Yes, that’s right, rather than sympathize with the families of the 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that Ukrainian officials allege was shot down over eastern Ukraine, Professor Walt wants to lecture us on how Western powers ruined Ukraine as the Switzerland of the former Soviet bloc.

Not, you know, a group of militants tacitly encouraged by a world leader whose name rhymes with “pukin.’”

Walt’s tone-deaf post drew a snitstorm across Twitter, as compiled by Twitchy.

Some of the more appropriate responses include:

Read more incredulous and quotable reactions at Twitchy.

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The Digital Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society said it’s shutting down and spinning off its initiatives.

It started in 2007 as the “Citizen Media Law Project” to help bloggers and “citizen journalists” with legal issues that traditional news organizations have reams of lawyers to handle - defamation, privacy, copyright claims, website policies and such.

CMLP, which started with legal guides and tracking threats to online speech (even an IRS project), expanded to connecting clients with pro bono attorneys. If you accused a professor of wrongdoing on the Internet and that professor sued you, this group could help you with a defense.

As it came to serve more professional journalists who were independent of traditional media outlets (that describes The College Fix staff), and not just bloggers, it became the Digital Media Law Project. And now it’s giving “permanent homes” to its initiatives:

Some of our services – most notably our Legal Guide and Threats Database, along with our collection of research studies – will remain at the Berkman Center, reintegrated into the Cyberlaw Clinic where they will benefit from the support of law students and serve not only as an important resource for the public but as a tool to train young attorneys about legal issues vital to online communication. … 

The Online Media Legal Network will find a new home outside of the Berkman Center with a non-profit organization that shares the DMLP’s commitment to providing legal services to online media (we have a very exciting prospect lined up, but it’s a bit early to report).

Read the group’s full explanation of its history and where it’s going here.

h/t Nieman Journalism Lab

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Liberal academia has welcomed recently ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson with open arms, but the news has been met with some ridicule.

Abramson, who graduated from Harvard University, is returning to her co-ed roots to teach “narrative nonfiction” for the 2014-15 school year, the Harvard Crimson reports.

But some comments under the Crimson article take the opportunity to have some fun with Abramson’s tenure as a journalist.

When a student asked someone to clarify what she’ll be teaching exactly, commenter Terry Hughes offered this: “Jill E. Abramson will be team teaching a seminar together with recently appointed Institute of Politics head Margaret A. “Maggie” Williams on disingenuous writing in a magical realist format, a form of writing pioneered and extensively developed by the New York Times and the Clinton political camp since 1992.”

Her book “Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas” was also panned as a “classic example of a full monty attempt to personally destroy a powerful black man for wandering off the Democrat Plantation,” by poster Shadrach Smith.

Others criticized the decision to bring her to the high-profile institution.

“Does Harvard really want to be on the outs with the New York Times the next time there is a problem at the university such as another huge cheating scandal, further accusations of noncompliance with sexual assault procedures, yet another scandal in athletic recruitment or charges of employment discrimination and so on?” asked poster Nancy Morris.

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That whiplash you’re experiencing? That’s from the jarring way you jerked your head when you saw the headline.

Yes – when you’re-not-allowed-to-drink-extra-large-sodas Michael Bloomberg says campuses are becoming too intolerant, then you know it’s out of control. Bloomberg doesn’t usually go around bashing liberal intolerance, so his talk to Harvard graduates at Thursday’s commencement is especially eye-catching.

CNN reports:

“This spring, it has been disturbing to see a number of college commencement speakers withdraw — or have their invitations rescinded — after protests from students and — to me, shockingly — from senior faculty and administrators who should know better,” Bloomberg said. …

“In each case, liberals silenced a voice — and denied an honorary degree — to individuals they deemed politically objectionable. This is an outrage,” Bloomberg said to applause. …

The former mayor, who received honorary degrees from Harvard along with seven others … spoke of the role of universities as places where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can freely debate ideas without that “sacred trust” being threatened by the “tyrannical tendencies of monarchs, mobs and majorities.” …

Bloomberg compared the intolerance of ideas prevalent in the country today to “McCarthy’s Red Scare” in the 1950s and its destruction of thousands of lives. In the 2012 presidential race, he said, the overwhelming majority of campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty went to Barack Obama.

“Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas, even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species,” he said.

Wow. Can you believe it? He’s right. Maybe it’s starting to sink in.

The question is – when will students, professors and administrators start making changes to address the persecution conservatives face at universities?

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More than 100 students and faculty have signed a petition to rescind the invitation to Colorado State Sen. Michael Johnston to speak at the Graduate School of Education’s ceremony May 28. Why?

They’re upset he’s hard on teachers and uses – gasp – students’ test scores to measure their performance!

The Harvard Crimson reports:

According to the online statement of protest, Johnston—who received a master’s degree from the Ed School in 2000— “embraces a vision of education reform that relies heavily on test-based accountability while weakening the due process protections of teachers.”

“We feel that the choice of Mike Johnston is emblematic of an institutional direction at HGSE [Graduate School of Education] that seems to value the voices of policymakers and researchers over those of teachers, students, and community members, which we find extremely troublesome,” the statement said. …

In an interview with The Crimson, Johnston said he intended to speak at the convocation ceremony despite the protest.

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