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The Park Street entrance to Montana Tech, which was hit by a cheating ring during summer classes. Photo Courtesy of the Billings Gazette.

The Park Street entrance to Montana Tech, which was hit by a cheating ring during summer classes. Photo Courtesy of the Billings Gazette.

Montana Tech was overwhelmed by organized belligerent cheating during summer term classes resulting in the expulsion of 15 students, according to a recent news report.

A report written by professors and proctors at a Montana Tech testing center describes a summer-long escalation of cheating by dozens of out-of-state students who cheated using a “variety of methods, including smuggled cellphones, earpieces, fake calculators, smart watches, hand signals, mass bathroom breaks and at least one diversionary fake fainting episode,” according to the report.

Students reportedly took advantage of the fact that they outnumbered Montana Tech staff by 10:1 and, in many cases, became aggressive when confronted with allegations of cheating.

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