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Lawyer Says Duke Students Convicted Of Cheating Didn't Understand Culture

There's a reason for all the recent cheating at Duke's business school. A lawyer for 16 students says most of those caught in the scandal are Asian and didn't understand the honor code because they'd been in the country less than a year.

Durham lawyer Robert Ekstrand has filed appeals for the students.

He says students quickly wrote confessions after a faculty investigator pressured them to admit wrongdoing, even though some didn't understand the allegations.

The scandal began when professors at Duke's Fuqua School of Business noticed similarities in students' take-home exams. Thirty-four graduate students were convicted of cheating. The school expelled nine students and gave one-year suspensions and a failing grade to 15 of them. The remaining students received failing grades.


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