Texas Tech Is Investigating Professor’s Grade-Tampering Claim

Texas Tech University is investigating a professor’s allegation that grades he had recorded were later altered, allowing students who had done poorly in his class to earn M.B.A.s.

The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech’s student newspaper, reports that Jay Conover, the professor, first suspected something was amiss when he saw a handful of students’ names on the list to graduate.

“I recognized a lot of names, but I also recognized names of some who didn’t do well in my class, and I wondered, ‘How did they get M.B.A.s?’” he told the newspaper, adding that the students had not done poorly because they were “dumb” but “because they were taking too much.”

Mr. Conover reviewed his grade rolls and discovered that the final grades of four students he had taught in the Rawls College of Business Administration didn’t match those he had issued, he told the Toreador.

A college spokesman, Chris Cook, said the university was reviewing the claim but would not comment further, the newspaper reported.

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