83 College Students Accused of Cheating via App

Ohio State University says the students used GroupMe
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2017 1:33 AM CST
83 College Students Accused of Cheating via App
   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

The ever-evolving miracles of technology are helping students find new and daring ways to cheat. The Ohio State University has charged 83 undergraduates with violating the school's code of student conduct by using a group messaging app to cheat on assignments in a business class last year. The school's Committee on Academic Misconduct says it investigated claims made by a professor at the Fisher College of Business in April and determined that the students used GroupMe, an app that supports document and calendar sharing, to commit several violations, including "unauthorized collaboration on graded assignments," the Columbus Dispatch reports.

GroupMe is an app that allows people to chat with large groups of users simultaneously, and it is permitted for use by students, according to OSU rules. It is ranked 14th among social-networking apps in the Apple Store, Fox News reports. Punishment for the 83 students could run the gamut, from formal reprimands and grade penalties to suspension or even expulsion. (More Ohio State University stories.)

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