FAMU law school investigation update
The ongoing internal investigation at the FAMU College of Law involving allegations of improper grade changes and admissions is not tied to an ongoing federal grade-changing investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Tallahassee Democrat reports today.
FAMU officials disclosed this week that three employees had been fired, and both the Democrat and the FAMUAN student newspaper identified them as Deborah Swain, Carol Rojas and Derrien Bonney. The story said Swain and Rojas are appealing. It noted two students have been dismissed.
The law school probe was first reported by the Gradebook in this post in February. FAMU officials said in a press release this week that the investigation uncovered one instance of a grade change to a student's transcript, and two instances where students were fraudulently admitted. An audit of more than 27,000 other grades found no other instances of improper changes, the release said.
The FAMUAN reports more about the other investigation. The Democrat cites an official with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office, as saying that investigation should be finished soon.
- Ron Matus, state education reporter