Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business Plagued by “Culture of Cheating”


Not satisfied with merely swindling ordinary Americans out of their money in the stock market, some of New York’s Wall Street types also find it necessary to cheat their way through business school as well.

The New York Post reports that a “culture of cheating” is so pervasive at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, and concern about the issue is so nonexistent, that four former students have resorted to suing the school instead of attempting to go through university channels to address the problem.

The students (accountants Stacy Morton and Omo Isenalumhe, financier Daniel Carr, and studio manager Yana Nibelitsky) said that graduate students openly cheated on tests by looking at other people’s papers, and professors would sometimes hand out answers during exams.

The school, which advertises itself as the “largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States,” routinely targets Wall Street types for its 10-22 week programs, and is already under fire because of allegations last week that a school administrator forged professors’ names on forms to inflate student grades.

The four students who complained about the program were eventually kicked out, and did not earn their master’s degrees. While it might be tempting to assume that they simply have an ax to grind, greed has motivated people to do far worse things than cheat on tests in the past. A school that garnered a reputation for being difficult wouldn’t be able to enroll as many students looking for that MBA ticket to an easier life – and that means fewer tuition dollars for Baruch. You don’t need a degree to figure out that it’s all about the money.