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Suspensions overturned for some TCU students accused of cheating

TCU suspended several students it accuses of cheating on tests using a popular study app. Some of the students were able to get their suspensions overturned.
TCU suspended several students it accuses of cheating on tests using a popular study app. Some of the students were able to get their suspensions overturned. Star-Telegram

The suspensions of several TCU students who used the Quizlet study app to prep for exams have been overturned, the law firm of Varghese Summersett announced Monday.

"We are pleased to report that all of our clients' suspensions have been lifted by the dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication," Letty Martinez, one of the attorneys representing several students, said in a written statement. "While we believe overturning these suspensions is a step in the right direction, we are continuing to appeal the remaining sanctions."

Last week, 12 TCU students were suspended after being accused of using the study tool to cheat. Students received year-long suspensions for alleged "academic misconduct." The students were accused of using Quizlet to get the answers to tests being administered at the end of the spring semester.

Martinez said that while the suspensions were overturned, academic misconduct findings and failing grades are still in effect for her clients. Some were also placed on academic probation.

"We are working with each student to determine the best course of action going forward," Martinez said.

Martinez's law firm doesn't represent all of the students suspended. Because appeals are pending, the law firm did not release how many students it is representing.

Asked about the overturned suspensions, TCU sent the Star-Telegram the following statement: "Texas Christian University has responded to a situation alleging potential cheating involving several students. We understand that these are serious concerns and are treating them as such, fully engaging the university’s academic conduct policy and its corresponding appeal process. All students involved have the opportunity to appeal before a final decision is rendered; these cases remain in an active appeal process."

The statement also said the university is looking for ways to make policies and procedures more clear and relevant to evolving classroom conditions.

Quizlet is an interactive learning tool popular among high school and college students. Quizlet users can upload study material and share it with the public.

In previous news reports, Martinez said that TCU-employed tutors guided some students to Quizlet study items and a professor re-used questions from a previous exam.

Some 100 Texas Christian University students and possibly faculty and staff members protested the Trump Administration's decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on campus in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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