Consider what would have happened if they had gotten away with it: some, perhaps many, of these Harvard students would have gone on to join the ranks of our elite. They would have learned that cheating is ‘acceptable.’ They would have learned how to justify dishonesty and cheating. If they had any brains, they would consider themselves very fortunate that they were caught early on, as opposed to, let’s say, after becoming somewhat famous and buying a $2.25 million house.
Arguably, simply expecting students not to cheat shouldn’t qualify as ‘ethical instruction’, but it’s pretty clear a lot of the best and the brightest desperately need it anyway.
Same as it ever was….