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April 16, 2004

The rector of Florence University has ordered an investigation into an exam that was "passed" by about 20 students who never took it. It is alleged that they were awaiting an oral exam in dynamic psychology when the professor heading the examining commission decided there was insufficient time to test everyone. He gave the remaining candidates the choice of passing with a mark based on their average in previous exams or returning in a fortnight to take the exam. Reportedly, only three opted to return.

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