Monday 25 September 2017

Harvard quiz cheat stripped of team titles

HARVARD University has been stripped of a string of US quiz championship titles after a cheating scandal was uncovered by organisers, writes Jon Swaine.

A competitor from America's most coveted university was found to have accessed a website that listed questions that were to be asked in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT).

For three successive years, Andy Watkins, a member of Harvard's 'A' team, viewed pages that displayed the first 40 characters of forthcoming questions, NAQT officials said.

Mr Watkins, who graduated in 2011, had access to the tournament database because he wrote questions for a schools quiz competition.

Championships awarded to the Ivy League college, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2009 and 2010, and two separate titles from 2011, were revoked and handed to the original runners-up.

Irish Independent

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