Today and NC State History: Perpetrators test limits to cheating

May 22, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconFew professors and administrators would argue that there’s any worse offense in higher education than cheating.

But on this day 1958, two students proved there was indeed something more criminal to the cheating enterprise when they were apprehended after an attempt to steal exams and faced an appearance before the judicial board.

“Dean Banks Talley, Jr., director of student activities, said the students were apprehended…’in an apparent attempt to obtain information relating to examinations in the chemistry department,'” reported The Technician.

According to the report in the student newspaper, an off-duty Raleigh police officer who was moonlighting on campus to help NC State police chased the two students down a flight of stairs, fell and sustained injuries.

The crime apparently did not exist in a vacuum.”The Monday night case is one of several recent incidents and attempted break-ins regarded by police and college officials as efforts to obtain copies of examination papers and records,” The Technician reported.

There was one in the mimeograph room of the social studies department. There was yet another in Holladay Hall, where someone tried to break open the vault where students’ grades and attendance records were kept.

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