Bloomfield Cheating Probe Ends

Eighteen months after it started, UVa’s honor probe into 158 students has been closed. 48 students, or 30% of the accused, were found guilty by the Honor Committee or admitted guilt, and are consequently no longer at the university. The cases against 90 students were dismissed, and the remaining 20 were worked out in other manners. The students were accused of cheating on a single term paper in Professor Louis Bloomfield‘s “How Things Work” course. They were caught after Bloomfield wrote a program, Copyfind, and used it to analyze similarities between every submitted paper. Copyfind is freely available for Windows and Linux for others to make use of. Kate Andrews has the story in today’s Progress.

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