Student Arrested For Changing His Grade From F To B

Cops: Engineering student illegally accessed system and altered failing grade

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Wanting to make the grade has one student in hot water. An engineering student at the University of Central Florida has been arrested for trying to change his failing grade into a passing one. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, 22-year-old Sami Ammar is accused of illegally changing his grade through the college's grading system from an F to a B. He faces a felony charge of accessing an unauthorized computer electronic device.

Police revealed that school officials were tipped off when Ammar's Electronics I professor, Chung Young Chan, received an unexpected email confirmation from the program he logs students’ grades with. The professor had already approved the grades, so this message was suspicious. Chan reviewed the grades and saw that Ammar's F was now a B.

Information from the UCF Police facebook page shows the university then traced the IP address to the location of the computer on which the grade was switched. Using surveillance camera footage, they found Ammar walking outside of that very building.

Ammar turned himself into the Orange County Jail yesterday and was released on bond a few hours later. 

“We really have nothing to say,” Ammar’s father said to the Sentinel. “It’s an allegation.”


[Photo: UCF Police Dept] 

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