An appeals panel at Duke University has upheld the convictions of 24 graduate business students who were punished in a cheating scandal.
There were 34 graduate students at the university's Fuqua School of Business who were convicted of cheating on a take-home exam and other assignments. Nine students were expelled, and 15 were suspended for a year and given a failing grade in the class. The remaining students received failing grades.
Fuqua Dean Douglas Breeden says 24 students appealed the ruling. A review panel unanimously upheld the rulings of the judicial board.
A lawyer representing some of the students expelled said last month that Asian students were punished more severely than others in the case, and the nine students expelled from the university were all from Asian countries.
Breeden said 24 students who were either expelled or suspended were from three continents, including domestic students.