Miami – A couple of Miami seniors are out of school early and facing criminal charges for stealing faculty computer passwords and raising their grades. Beckley Munson Parker and David Lucien Callahan are accused of changing. their own grades and the grades of several of their fraternity brothers. Now, the university is left with a mess to clean up and a hole to patch in its computer security. Local 12 News Reporter Joe Webb spent the day in Oxford and has the story.
A 5-month investigation is just wrapping up. Parker and Callahan were dismissed March 8th and charged with unauthorized use of a computer system for inflating grades. “At this point it appears that this was an isolated pair of incidents.” Isolated but undetected for nearly two years. The university says the grade fixing goes back to the spring 2011. The problem came to light last October when an associate professor noticed some grades changed in a class she was teaching at Hughes Hall. She reported that she thought her computer had been hacked. What caught her attention was Parker’s grade had been changed from an F to a C.
When pushed by police, Parker admitted he had installed what’s called a key logger on the professor’s classroom computer. ” It captures all the keystrokes made on the keyboard so then when a faculty member would log into the workstation in the classroom where they were using these devices, as soon as the faculty member logged in they had access to their username and password.”
Police say Parker made 17 grade changes for himself and a total of 28 grade changes for his Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers. After a search warrant was executed on the fraternity house, Callahan admitted changing grades and sharing downloaded copies of midterms and final exams.
Listen I know these 2 bros are in a lot of trouble. Know they’re gonna be kicked out of school and arrested. Yes it sucks they got caught. But let’s be clear. No crime has even been more worth it in the history of crime. Nothing has ever had a higher reward for the risk. Because make no mistake about it. Free grades that you didn’t earn are priceless. We’re talking entire semesters of no class, no homework, no essays, no projects. Just show up for the finals and see how it goes then have your frat buddy bump you up to a B. Going through college without the school part. Life does not get any better than that. Not to mention you’re pretty much the most popular guy in your frat. I mean you thought the guy who banged all the hottest Tri Delts and won you All-Row in IM sports was popular? How about the kid who gives you free A’s and a future career? Practically King. So yeah it didn’t work out but that 2 year run had to be straight magic.