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Institute Expels 6 in '93-94; Highest in 3 Years

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief

Six undergraduates were expelled and several other students were put on probation, suspended, or had their degrees withheld or revoked as a result of cases heard by the Committee on Discipline during the last academic year.

At Wednesday's faculty meeting, Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs Arthur C. Smith and Chair of the COD Triantophyllos R. Akylas presented reports on cases heard by the Dean's Office and the COD in the 1993-94 school year.

The Dean's Office handled more than 30 discipline cases this past academic year, Smith said. The cases included hazing, assault, drug use, harassment, and theft. In the 1992-93 academic year, more than 45 cases were handled by Smith's office.

In the 1993-94 school year, four undergraduate students were expelled for burglary, according to the COD report. The students will not be able to reapply to the Institute for 20 years. The COD does not release the names of students involved in the cases it hears.

The COD has the authority to place students on probation, but can only recommend suspension or expulsion. The president makes the final decision in those cases.

Two undergraduates were expelled for 10 years: One for altering a loan form, the other for altering a grade report, according to the report. A graduate student had a degree revoked because of a plagiarized thesis. Another graduate student had a degree withheld because of sexual harassment charges.

Three undergraduate students were placed on formal probation for cheating or altering exams, and one was suspended for one year for plagiarizing a lab report.

In the 1992-93 academic year the COD heard four cases, two of which were dismissed; the other two resulted in probation. In 1991-92, the COD heard 14 cases, 12 of which involved academic dishonesty. Two of the charges were dropped, four students were suspended for at least one year, and no students were expelled.