Ryerson Engineering student facing expulsion over Facebook study group

Study groups may be a virtual trademark of the Ivory Tower – but a virtual study group has been slammed as cheating by Ryerson University.

First-year student Chris Avenir is fighting charges of academic misconduct for helping run an online chemistry study group via Facebook last term, where 146 classmates swapped tips on homework questions that counted for 10 per cent of their mark.

The computer engineering student has been charged with one count of academic misconduct for helping run the group – called Dungeons/Mastering Chemistry Solutions after the popular Ryerson basement study room engineering students dub The Dungeon – and another 146 counts, one for each classmate who used the site.

Avenir, 18, faces an expulsion hearing Tuesday before the engineering faculty appeals committee. If he loses that appeal, he can take his case to the university’s senate. (link)

2 Responses to “Ryerson Engineering student facing expulsion over Facebook study group”

  1. 1 Benjamin Wright March 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    If people like this Ryerson student want privacy on their social networking sites, they should consider posting legal terms of service to that effect. See http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2007/11/privacy-advocates-such-as-nyu-professor.html The idea is not legal advice for anyone (or a substitute for counsel by a lawyer), just something to think about. –Ben

  2. 2 Simon Tonekham March 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    It appears that an unknown person started the group, not directly at Chris Avenir. You can view my posting in my own perspective at this link:

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