25% of Top US MBA Cohort Caught Cheating on Exam, No Punishment
Like the title says I attend a Top US MBA Program and 25% of the cohort got caught cheating, with witnesses on a midterm exam. The University decided that if the cheaters were punished, then it would hurt the "Social Dynamic" of the cohort. Adding another layer of context, all of the students caught cheating are international students from the same country and appears to be a consistent portion of the cohort year over year.
The no punishment decision was decided at the business school level, however according to the Academic Integrity Policy of the university, this severity of cheating at minimum would warrant a one semester suspension. This would then cause the students to lose their visas to be in the US.
One angle is to elevate the matter outside of the business school and bring it to the Graduate or University Level.
Obviously the other 75% of the cohort is pissed. Does anyone have suggestions on how to elevate this without completely devaluing this universities MBA Program?