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UPSA dismisses 22 students for manipulating grades

Twenty-two final year students of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) have been dismissed for hacking into the university’s grading system.The students are said to have paid a hacker between GH¢2000 and GH¢4000 to manipulate their grades for the 2015/2016 academic year in the university’s database. 

According to the Registrar of the University, Seidu Mohammed Mustapha, the decision to expel the 22 students was taken without prejudice to any criminal investigation.

In an interview on Citi FM, he said the integrity of the university was at stake, hence the need to “take these measures in order that they serve as a deterrent. So the Academic Board met and took a decision and decided that all of them should be expelled.”

Seven of the 22 dismissed students had their pictures published on the school’s website as a further sanction, because they did not aid investigations into the matter, according to Mr. Mustapha.

In the meantime, police are investigating the matter, whiles the alleged hacker has been granted bail.

The registrar noted that, the alleged hacker “reported himself to the police and was given bail, and it was through that we requested to interact with him. He has since cooperated with the committee and showed remorse.”

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