Cheating Scandal Rocks University of South Carolina Business School

Dark days for Darla Moore School of Business …

An associate dean at the Darla Moore School of Business informed faculty members of a major cheating scandal at the University of South Carolina’s renowned campus this week.

According to an email from Janice Breuer Bass, an economics professor and associate dean of undergraduate programs, the scandal involves “serious, widespread honor code violations involving many students taking an online test.”

“The violations have led to academic probations and the suspension of several students, and charges of complicity for many others,” Bass wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by this news outlet.

“I am very dismayed about the incident and ask for your support in helping hold our students accountable to a high standard of academic integrity,” Bass continued, urging faculty members to spread the word of the scandal to students.

An attached message (.pdf) alludes to a pattern of cheating at the school, specifically referring to “numerous honor code violations” over the course of the spring semester that have been “reported by both faculty and students.”


Defenders of the school argue collaborative work on “take home” tests is commonplace at academic institutions across the country.

“This goes on everywhere,” one of our readers responded on social media.

Perhaps … but it is still cheating.

The Darla Moore school is home to some of the University’s most highly regarded academic programs – including the nation’s top-ranked undergraduate international business program and one of the nation’s top three graduate international business programs.

University officials had no immediate comment on the scandal.

Developing …



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