Often you may ask yourself why there isn't more instances of academic fraud in college sports, and it does seem to be well-hidden. But then it comes out, and it's a big time problem.
Two Florida State athletic department employees have resigned, and 23 athletes have been implicated of cheating on tests given over the internet, school officials announced on Wednesday. The accused athletes represent nine sports and 17 are on scholarships. Sadly, due to federal confidentiality restrictions the players and their sports could not be identified. So they're saying athletes playing sports other than basketball and football cheat? Rowers? Here are the goods:
University President T.K. Wetherell ordered an investigation by the university's Office of Audit Services in May after receiving information an athletics department learning specialist had directed one athlete to take an online quiz for another and then provided the answers.What's interesting is that this problem isn't limited to one team or sport, and indicates a much larger problem at hand. While the learning specialist and tutor who were accomplices have resigned, the cheating will linger, and this may just be the beginning of a slew of problems for FSU.
The student who took the test was not enrolled in the class and reported what happened to his athletics academic advisor. Neither he nor the other athlete, who had been unaware someone else took the test for him, were disciplined, the report said.
The investigation then found the learning specialist also typed papers for five students who apparently didn't qualify for that service and a tutor provided answers or other unethical assistance to 23 students for online tests. The testing involved a single course, which was not identified.