Investigations into whether students cheated during at-home online exams amid the coronavirus pandemic are underway at colleges in two states, according to reports.
Probes were ongoing this week at Georgia Tech and Boston University, where some chemistry and physics students have been accused of using a California-based tutoring service to ace exams while at home, university officials said.
A Boston University spokesman told the Boston Globe Wednesday that the allegations were under review. It’s unclear how school administrators were tipped off to the possible cheating scandal, the newspaper reports.
“The conduct code clearly spells out the university’s expectations and policies, and all aspects of it remain in effect with the shift to remote learning,” spokesman Colin Riley told the newspaper. “The investigation into this particular issue is active and underway.”
A chemistry professor sent BU students an email late Saturday indicating that he had learned some students “used various means” — including Chegg, an online tutoring service that costs $14.95 per month — during quizzes that were given to students remotely, the Globe reports.
“Doing so is a clear violation of the academic conduct code,” professor Binyomin Abrams wrote students.
The university is working with Chegg to identify the alleged cheaters, Abrams said.
A similar probe is ongoing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where some students allegedly used solutions posted on Chegg during an online physics final, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“We are aware of the situation and are, of course, disappointed that students were involved with cheating through a digital homework site,” a Georgia Tech spokeswoman confirmed in a statement to The Post.
“At this point, we have offered students a chance to come forward admitting their misconduct on this exam, and we are working to determine if others are involved.”
A message seeking additional comment on the status of the investigation at Boston University was not immediately returned Friday.