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."