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OSU students caught cheating via "GroupMe" app

An investigation by the OSU Committee on Academic Misconduct found that 83 students in the Fisher College of Business were using an app for “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.” (WSYX/WTTE)

Graduation for dozens of OSU students is in jeopardy after a cheating scandal. An investigation by the OSU Committee on Academic Misconduct found that 83 students in the Fisher College of Business were using an app for “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.”

“There was like 400 plus kids in that one group chat and they all got caught for cheating and they were sharing quiz answers," says student Matt Foell.

The app called GroupMe is used for messaging, and when used the right way can be helpful. "I've used it to talk to other students about class topics and if I miss a class- being able to catch up it makes it a lot easier," says student Sydney Soroka.

However, using GroupMe or any other form of technology the wrong way can be a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. "I think that there's more pressure because you might have your friend text you, message you saying hey can you help me? Can you send me over the homework that you did? You just got to stick by your principles and say ‘No. I can help you try to learn this, but I'm not going to give you the answers,’” says graduate student Ace Lassman.

"The way it was used in that situation where they're actually posting the test questions was definitely breaking those rules," adds Soroka.

"You definitely got to be your own person here and go forth with integrity in terms of all your school work," adds Foell.

Statement from The Ohio State University:

"The Ohio State University Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) conducted an investigation in which 83 undergraduate students enrolled in a course at Fisher College of Business were charged with violations of the university’s Code of Student Conduct. The charges include unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments, which is prohibited under the Code of Student Conduct. COAM began the investigation after a professor reported the alleged behavior in April.

Any form of academic misconduct is unacceptable and the university takes all allegations seriously. Students charged with academic misconduct violations may accept responsibility for the charges or request a hearing before COAM pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct. If found in violation, students receive sanctions based on the nature and severity of the violation in accordance with university standards and protocols. Sanctions for unauthorized collaboration range from warnings to dismissal and can also include grade penalties."

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