Ryerson lets Facebook and student off the hook

Facebook advocate Chris Avenir says he’ll be “a little more attentive to school policies” on matters like cheating from now on, even though the Ryerson student has no regrets about running an online homework group that nearly got him expelled.

In a landmark ruling on Internet use, a disciplinary panel at Ryerson has ruled the first-year engineering student should not be drummed out for helping run a Facebook study group in chemistry last fall, and ordered his passing mark in the course restored.

In a seven-page ruling, the engineering faculty appeals committee found no proof the Facebook site actually led to cheating by any of its 147 users, even though it invited them to “post solutions” to homework that was worth 10 per cent of the final mark. (link)

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