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Florida A&M Grade Changing Investigation

November 16th, 2007 by flanews

A grade changing investigation is rocking the state’s only public historically black university, Florida A&M. The news comes as new president James Ammons says the school is getting its money mess in order. As Chris Casquejo tells us, school leaders are being tight-lipped about the probe. 

Hear it here: Grade-changing at Florida A&M?

Allegations of grade changing are striking another blow to the credibility of Florida A&M University. How, who and how many are still unknown because police at the school aren’t saying much.

“I have no information that I can reveal or even suggest there may be criminal charges,” said Calvin Ross,” FAMU’s Department of Public Safety Chief.

But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been brought into the investigation. In April, state auditors warned FAMU to keep a closer eye on those who had access to grades. Word of the latest investigation spread quickly on campus. Students are hearing all kinds of stories.

“Somebody tapped into the system and changed the grades,” said FAMU student Kiara Decoursey.

FAMU President James Ammons was out of town and not available to comment. But in a statement, he said, “We have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.”

Some students were not surprised suggesting that cheating happens every day, and not just at FAMU.

“Cheating on tests,” said FAMU student Chris Davis.  “They might look at the student’s next to them’s paper. Or they might have a little cheat sheet.”

Despite the school’s money problems and threatened loss of accreditation, students believe the university will persevere.  The investigation is just one more challenge for a president who’s only been on the job 5 months.

Because of the accounting irregularities from the previous presidency, FAMU must still prove to lawmakers and outside auditors that it can manage its own affairs.

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