Former ASU student pleads guilty to grade-changing

ALBANY, Ga -- A former Albany State University student has pleaded guilty to four counts of computer trespass following an investigation in to grade-changing.

Attorney General Sam Olens office says that Derrick Davis has entered a guilty plea to the four counts in Dougherty Superior Court. Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette sentenced Davis to 24 months probation and ordered him to pay a $2000 fine.

"In December 2010, while a student at Albany State University and a part-time employee in the Information Technology department, Davis illegally inflated his grades in four classes. Instructors noticed the alterations of Davis’ submitted grades on the online grade system and reported the discrepancies to university administrators. Following an investigation, Davis admitted to discovering a vulnerability in the instructor password routine and exploiting it to change his grades in four classes. He was expelled from Albany State," Olens stated in a press release.

Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hiatt prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Special Agent Marko Jones of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Albany State released the following statement early Wednesday afternoon:

"ASU immediately followed the appropriate protocol when grade irregularities were initially reported April 4, 2011 and alerted the Office of Internal Audit at the USG system office. From there, the case was then sent to the State Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Office for follow up and remediation.

"It is an unfortunate situation, but one that appears to be an isolated incident. Since that time ASU has implemented additional security measures to maintain the integrity of its grading system, which is a key priority at the institution."


Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

Too bad student did not have the advantage of the Lessons of the DoCo CRCT Tribunal.

  1. Confess and get punished.
  2. Blame someone else and get slap on wrist.
  3. Lie and Deny and get VIP invitation to Skating Party.

Albanite 3 years ago

With his awesome skills, he qualifies for an honorary principalhood in the DCSS.


TRUTH101 3 years ago

"principalhood "????????????


Bubbavet_rureel 3 years ago

The cat is out of the bag, Sister lives in Valdosta, and this explains the negative environment she foster toward people of __.


Stop using the global internet to cause dispair in our community. We are winners! we alsways win.

Stop hidding behind your empty sad song's.


tywebb 3 years ago

Hellbany? Is that the fill-in-the-blank answer? you are freakin' delusional. If sister is "causing dispair in our community" because of what she types on the herald's website then the community is in worse shape than i thought!


Amazed2 3 years ago

Well he thought he was still in the DCSS. After all he was always an A student there.


Terihdfxr 3 years ago

Albany Listen up and take note: The greatest ally in controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education. But today, today, when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you're going to get a good education, can I honestly say it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going?
The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are.

My mom was a teacher. I respect the profession. We need great teachers, not poor ones and not mediocre ones. We have to have high standards for our kids, because self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise.

And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly, particularly poor parents whose kids, very often minorities, are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights issue of our day.

If we do anything less, we can damage generations to joblessness and hopelessness and life on the government dole (ph). If we do anything less, we will endanger our global imperatives for competitiveness. And if we do anything less, we will tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement the turn toward entitlement and grievance. Dr. Condoleezza Rice


TRUTH101 3 years ago

"Last month, a former Georgia Tech student was fined and sentenced to probation after he illegally logged into the Atlanta school’s computer system and changed his grades. Shayan Panjwani pleaded guilty in Fulton County Superior Court to two counts of computer trespass. He received two years’ probation and a $1,000 fine."

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Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

So........your point is...........that ASU has a student as smart as an Indian kid that goes to Georgia Tech? Wow!!


TrixibelleBento 3 years ago

If those young folks would dedicate as much to their education as they did in figuring out a way around the system, they actually might make something of themselves. I see a bright future for those kids with Julian Assange.


boyoboy 3 years ago

He had to change his grades to pass @ ASU? WOW!


agirl_25 2 years, 11 months ago

Now boyoboy......THAT IS FUNNY...hahahahaha...


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