Student Wins Victory Over School in Facebook Expulsion Debacle
March 23, 2008 11:15 AM
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A number of groups sprung up on Facebook in support of Chris Avenir, unsurprisingly.
(Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech)
School decides not to take away student's freedom to obtain a college education
Early this month
news broke of a wild expulsion hearing
Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. While students normally are expelled for indiscreetly copying their friends solutions during an exam, plagiarizing others work, or other such gaffs the Ryerson student,
a first year chemical engineering student, was just trying to engage in what he thought was a beneficial and harmless student practice -- creating a study group.
Avenir created a group on Facebook known as "Dungeons/Mastering Chemistry Solutions," named after the study room nicknamed "The Dungeon." The group allowed students to share advice on homework questions, exchange questions from past tests, and speculate on what might be asked on upcoming tests. At its maximum, the group helped 147 students.
Soon, however, Avenir's chemistry professor caught onto Avenir's efforts to help his fellow students and they weren't happy. They not only changed Avenir's grade from a B to an F, but also recommended him for expulsion, putting him up on 147 counts of academic misconduct.
Fortunately, justice prevailed and Ryerson's academic conduct committee
ruled last Tuesday not to expel Avenir
. They informed the 18-year-old that while he would not be expelled, he would receive a zero failing grade on the assignment portion of the class, as per the professor's discretion. The assignment portion was worth ten percent of the total grade, but Avenir still passed the class easily.
Avenir could not be reached for comment, but may decide to appeal the decision as per the school's rules if he feels the failing assignment grade was unfair. Overnight, Avenir became a celebrity and a poster child for the debate over the legitimacy of online study groups. Advocates say there is no difference between online groups and school-sponsored tutoring programs, which often have old copies of tests, and will assist students in solving homework problems. Critics state that helping students access materials not given by the professor or solve problems is cheating, plain and simple.
Avenir's advocates still aren't satisfied with the ruling, but appreciate that it marks a victory for their views. Says Nora Loreto, president of the Ryerson Students' Union, "Chris in our view is still innocent, so it is still too bad that he got zero for that 10 percent. But considering we were facing expulsion I think this is a victory, certainly a broader victory for the students at Ryerson."
As per the ruling part of Avenir's punishment includes mandatory attendance in a academic misconduct workshop.
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3/24/2008 1:41:18 AM
What you're asking for is achievement, not the grade. You state you'd rather have the one who works hard but less smart. Well, working hard doesn't always translate into a good grade, but it can reflect achievement (ie. gets a B instead of a C). A total genius only need apply his genius to get that A, but if they do, doesn't it reflect a lack of achievement because it required little effort on their part even though they got an A?
Grades only reflect a momentary achievement (anyone can cram the night before). True achievement is what you do with your intellect, and that applies to genius and idiots like me.
Cheating by definition is to gain an unfair advantage. Obtaining the answers without knowledge of how to derive it is an unfair advantage. Therefore by transitive equality, it is cheating. Stated in context of my previous statement, studying in a group is by itself NOT cheating. But studying in a group, getting the answers, but don't know how to derive the answers on your own, that's cheating.
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