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Grade Inflation Still a Big Problem

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:26 am
by Ralph
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/loc ... ines-state
Police say 2 men traded cash, sex to change grades
Investigators say the fraternity brothers ran the scheme at Florida Memorial University.
Adrian Sainz
the Associated Press

August 19, 2005

MIAMI -- Two former Florida Memorial University employees and five students have been charged in a grade-changing scheme that involved cash payments, computer hacking and even sexual favors, authorities said.

Ellis Peet, 37, and Clifton Franklin, 32, received payments from $75 to $600 to change more than 650 grades for 122 students over three years ending in 2002, court records showed. Franklin also received sex from female students after changing their grades, authorities said.

Peet, a computer technician in the registrar's office, and Franklin, a data-entry clerk, were fraternity brothers and acted on their own to organize the scheme, say officials at Florida Memorial, a four-year, historically black school of about 2,000 students in the working-class suburb of Miami Gardens. Both graduates of the school, they also allegedly changed their own grades.

"We were very disappointed and very dismayed by the actions of these individuals," Marty Pinkston, the school's director of governmental and public affairs, said Thursday. "This happened in 2002, and we just want to put it behind us."

Peet was arrested last month. He has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and violating intellectual-property and computer-access laws and hopes to be vindicated at trial, said his attorney, J.C. Dugue. The lawyer would not comment on specifics because he was still reviewing the evidence gathered by prosecutors. He said his client would not comment.

Franklin, who faces identical charges, has not been found by police. Of the five students who acted as middlemen, three have been arrested, police said. They are charged with racketeering.

The school discovered in May 2002 that unauthorized access to its computer system had occurred and grades had been illicitly improved.

The school hired a private investigations firm, and the probe's results were cited in arrest records stating charges against the seven.

The investigation found that Peet and Franklin allegedly used generic passwords or those belonging to other registrar employees to make the switches. Peet was fired and Franklin resigned during the investigation.

The five students were accused of conspiring to recruit other students who wanted their grades changed, and receiving cash payments for the switches and kickbacks from Peet in the process, court records showed.

Pinkston said the school has taken several safeguards to prevent a repeat of the scheme, including a mandatory change in passwords every 40 days, and the elimination of generic passwords.

Re: Grade Inflation Still a Big Problem

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:31 am
by jbuck919
puter hacking and even sexual favors, authorities said.

Ellis Peet, 37, and Clifton Franklin, 32, received payments from $75 to $600 to change more than 650 grades for 122 students over three years ending in 2002, court records showed. Franklin also received sex from female students after changing their grades, authorities said.
Another argument for gay equal rights.

Re: Grade Inflation Still a Big Problem

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:52 pm
by Corlyss_D
jbuck919 wrote:
Franklin also received sex from female students after changing their grades, authorities said.
Another argument for gay equal rights.
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You win the post of the day award, John!!!!

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2005 9:34 pm
by Ralph
I agree!