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Dartmouth medical school dropped charges against a group of students accused of cheating on remote tests – after facing criticisms the claims were false.

"I have apologized to the students for what they have been through and believe dismissal of the charges is the best path forward," Geisel School of Medicine Dean Duane Compton said in an email on Wednesday.

The charges and discipline won’t be on the students’ permanent records, he wrote.

"The school is providing students with a wide variety of resources to support them and maintain their academic and professional progress … We will learn from this and do better."

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New policies will be implemented at the Ivy League school to rebuild "the trust we recognize has been lost among some students during this process," according to Compton.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education had criticized Dartmouth’s investigation into the alleged cheating as flawed.

In a statement shared with The Post on Thursday, Foundation Program Officer Alex Morey said the college needed policies to protect student rights.

"Dartmouth’s fresh commitment to ‘rebuilding trust’ among the students it unfairly accused in this case should start with promising a fair process to all future students who may find themselves facing a similar misconduct allegation," Morey said.

"When it comes to trust, due process provides it: Giving everyone involved confidence that when a school reaches a result in a misconduct investigation, it’s a fair one."

The school accused 17 students of cheating after secretly monitoring their online activity, accusing them of accessing an online platform called Canvas while taking virtual exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven of the accused had charges dismissed quickly but the remaining 10 still had cases against them and faced possible discipline including expulsion.

Critics said the school was misreading data it used in the probe that showed online activity for the entire school year. Students may have been logged into the system on their phones while taking tests on another device, critics said.

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Protests on campus followed as the scandal drew national headlines.

Some of the students said they admitted to the accusations in the immediate aftermath because they were advised by the Office of Student Affairs that students who do so receive less severe penalties, the letter stated.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a 'fool' and accused of belittling Germany during Portugal's thumping loss

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a "fool" following Portugal's 4-2 Euro 2020 loss to Germany.
  • Ex-player Didi Hamann accused the striker of "belittling" Germany with an audacious piece of skill.
  • With Portugal leading 1-0 Ronaldo flicked the ball over a defender's head and pretended to catch it.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a "fool" by former Liverpool and Germany star Dietmar Hamann following Portugal's thumping 4-2 defeat to Germany at Euro 2020.

The 36-year-old forward produced an audacious piece of skill early in the match which Hamann says belittled his opponents and may have helped inspire them to victory. 

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal at the Allianz Arena on Saturday when he tapped home from close range in the 15th minute.

Moments later, the Juventus forward then produced a sublime piece of skill, flicking the ball over a defender's head, before pretending to catch it and back-heeling it to a teammate without looking. 

—UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 19, 2021

After Ronaldo's skill, Germany went on to score four goals in the next 40 minutes of play to seal victory, before Diogo Jota scored a consolation goal for Fernando Santos' side. 

"I think it's nonsense. He flicks the ball over, pretends he is going to catch it and back-heels it across, and looks away," Hamann, who played 59 times for Germany between 1997 and 2005, told Irish broadcaster RTE, per The Mirror.

"Of course it is amazing and we know he can do that. I think, in a way he's belittling the opposition.

"This is at 1-0 and I'm sitting here while you all rave about it. Yes, he is the best, with Messi. He looks a fool now. This is 1-0. He does look the fool.

"If you ask the German players, they'll tell you now what they thought of it. They would have noticed that. I tell you now, all of them will say it may have given us an extra bit of whatever to change things.

"What is he trying to achieve? Maybe this is where the comeback all started."

While his piece of skill against Germany may not have gone down too well, Ronaldo was the hero in Portugal's tournament opener against Hungary last week.

He scored twice in the last five minutes to inspire Portugal to a last-gasp 3-0 victory.

His first goal, which was his 10th ever at the European championships, saw him become the tournament's highest ever scorer, surpassing the record previously held by France's Michel Platini.

He has also made headlines off the pitch, attracting huge attention for his decision to snub Coca-Cola at a press conference ahead of the Hungary match.

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