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The New York Times has a lengthy article on the growing problem of cheating in university computer science classes. Demand for developers has swelled the ranks of college coding classes, but it has also led to anecdotal accounts of a rise in cheating. Randy H. Katz, a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at UC Berkeley once discovered that 100 of approximately 700 students in a class had cheated. “There’s a lot of discussion about it, both inside a department as well as across the field,” he said.

Other universities where cheating has become a problem include Brown, where half of last year’s cheating allegations involved computer science students; Stanford, where 20 percent of one programming class were flagged for cheating; and Harvard, where 60 students from Computer Science 50 were referred to the honor council.

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