First, there’s the nature of the actual cheating.
Take-home exams, based on the honor system at an Ivy League school that’s the core of the exclusivocracy (TM) that somewhat drives the 1 percenters, and even more the 1/10 percenters — gotta "love" it.
Related to that, it’s “open book” and “open internet” but you’re not supposed to talk with fellow students. What if, instead of talking in person, I text them or instant message them? Or create a online bulletin board? Some Harvard kid, or a helicopter mom, more likely, is hiring a lawyer to look for loopholes.
Second, related to that, is students blaming their professor. Learned, no doubt, from helicopter moms that did the same for them in K-12.
Third, this is Harvard. Famous alumni in politics and business who have “shaded the truth” include:
George W. Bush
John F. Kennedy
Most of the alleged cheaters were probably looking at Harvard Law or the Kennedy School of Government next.
Update, Sept. 4: And now, the blame game starts.