Many Charged In Duke Cheating Scandal Were International Students

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A new twist in the Duke Fuqua School of Business cheating scandal: Many of the accused are Asian international students and have been in the country for less than a year, the Chronicle reports.

The lawyer representing 16 students who are appealing the school's sanctions, which range from failing grades to expulsion, said his clients did not completely understand the Honor Code or judicial proceedings. "There is something else going on here, something that needs to be explained before we go forward with this, because it doesn't look right," he said.

He also said that many of the students wrote letters of confession when pressured by faculty, accelerating the trial process and leaving them little time to defend themselves. International students who are expelled would lose their student visas and would be deported. --Alison Go