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Scandal Rocks Ohio State University As 83 Students Accused Of Cheating Via App

Meghalee Das
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Meghalee Das
Scandal Rocks Ohio State University As 83 Students Accused Of Cheating Via App

Cheating techniques during exams and assignments are also evolving with latest developments in technology. This is what happened in Ohio State University, where 83 students have been accused of cheating by using the GroupMe app to work on classwork together, says a Fox News report.

The University said the students broke the code of conduct, citing “unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments.”

“Students charged with academic misconduct violations may accept responsibility for the charges or request a hearing,” Ohio State University spokesman Benjamin Johnson said in a statement obtained by news outlet WCHMH. “If found in violation, students receive sanctions based on the nature and severity of the violation in accordance with university standards and protocols.”

GroupMe is an app where users send chats and pictures to large groups of people simultaneously, similar to Whatsapp that is owned by Facebook. The app is allowed by the school but is subject to the same rules and scrutiny as any other form of communication.

According to the report, a professor in the university's business school first reported the allegations in April, after which an investigation began. Although the names of the students have not been released, reports say that they could even be expelled and if lucky, let off with a stern warning.

GroupMe has not yet responded to a request for comment for this story.

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