A Culture Of Plagiarism, Fraud In Academia

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Ex-Harvard student Adam Wheeler is accused of what the authorities say is an elaborate and calculated lie. Wheeler allegedly committed plagiarism and misrepresented his academic career to win tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money and financial aid.

We ask experts how it would be a possible for a student to deceive so many so completely.


  • Don McCabe, Professor of management and global business, Rutgers University
  • Susan Blum, professor of anthropology, University of Notre Dame, author of "My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture"
  • Eli Newberger, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; author of "The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character"
  • Andrew Phelps, WBUR reporter

This program aired on May 18, 2010.


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