Cheating may be infectious

Students run for cover as cheating storm rains down on Albany State University. / Matt Prichard

Many people have felt the temptation to cheat at one point in their life, however Albany State University student Derrick Davis took that to new heights in 2010, after he was caught changing his grades inside the ASU computer system.

"It is an unfortunate situation, but it is one that appears to be an isolated incident. And since that time we have implemented additional security measures," said Vice President for Albany State University Vickie Oldham.

Davis was charged Monday with four counts of computer trespass. However the question is, would other students around Albany take the same risks simply to pass a class?

"No, honestly I would earn my grades in order to graduate," said Albany State University student Taylor Johnson.

"I wouldn't do it personally, as long as hard work and dedication you'll be able to do your work," said Darton College student Cameron McDuffie.

And although most wouldn't even think of changing an entire letter-grade, some say they would still take the same risks.

"I could understand that, feeling the pressure not wanting to fail. I probably would've done the same thing," said Darton College Student Michael Troutman-Brown.

Most students we spoke with said they would hold to their morals, citing they wouldn't cheat just to get ahead.

"At the end of the day it might catch up to you. In the job you apply for, they may want you to do what you say you already did, and you can't do it," said Albany Technical College student Shaterrica Ellison.

Davis was sentenced to 24 months of probation, a $2,000 dollar fine, and has been expelled from Albany State University, something every one of these students said, is just not worth it.

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