Shared from the 5/10/2018 Star Telegram eEdition

12 students at TCU receive suspensions for allegedly cheating


A dozen TCU students have been suspended during final exams week after being accused of using a popular study app to cheat, according to the school.

TCU spokesperson Holly Ellman said 12 students are “in the process of their appeals.” She would not disclose which courses they were taking or how long the cheating went on, citing the school’s “active investigation” in an email.

NBC 5 reported that students from more than one course were suspended for cheating that happened over several semesters.

The students are accused of using the study app Quizlet to access the answers to a test currently administered at the school.

Quizlet is used as a studying tool by half of all high school students and one-third of all college students in the United States, CNBC reported last summer.

Quizlet users can upload study materials into the app and share them with the public.

“Cheating is not learning, and we will continue to fight against this type of content and activity on our site,” a Quizlet spokesperson said via email.

“Beyond our policies, we take technical measures to find and remove test content. For example, we have built a dedicated tool to make it easy for Quizlet’s users to report test banks and cheating, and Quizlet’s support team prioritizes responses to reports of cheating,” Quizlet said.

“I’ve used it personally for a lot of classes. I’ve never had test questions pop up on it,” TCU senior Nico Posinski told FOX 4. “But I think if anybody is doing that they should definitely be punished for that because that is cheating.”

Students told NBC 5 they weren’t aware the study materials they were using were the exact questions and answers from tests they would later take.

Some students are appealing their suspensions and have hired a lawyer, Letty Martinez of the law firm Varghese Summersett.

In a statement, Martinez said that TCU-employed tutors guided some of the students to the Quizlet study items in question and that a professor reused questions from previous exams.

Martinez said the students were unaware they were seeing questions that would appear on an upcoming test and that the cheating accusation stems from the professor’s belief that the students should have told the professor they’d seen the questions on Quizlet.

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