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California professor files lawsuit against students who posted exam questions online

A California professor has filed a lawsuit against five students for posting exam questions online.

The assistant professor of business at Southern California’s Chapman University has alleged that these students have committed copyright infringement for posting the questions.

According to CNN, the identity of the students remains unknown. The students who took professor David Berkovitz’s midterm and final exams during the spring semester of 2021 allegedly posted parts of the tests on Course Hero.

Berkovitz believes that “students may have inflated their grades, penalizing other students who did not cheat,” according to his lawyer, Mark Hankin. This is a problem because Berkovitz grades on a curve.

Chapman University spokesperson Cerise Valenzuela Metzger stated that the university is not involved in the lawsuit, but added that according to the school’s policy, “unauthorized posting of exam questions would likely constitute a violation of our academic integrity policy.”

“Consistent with our policy, we would encourage the professor to report the incident and students involved to the Academic Integrity Committee for adjudication,” she said. “Professors are free to pursue the removal of their copyright-protected content from websites such as Course Hero, however, we encourage faculty to use internal processes to work with student concerns.”

After Berkowitz had found his exams on Course Hero, he requested information identifying the students from Course Hero, but was declined. A subpoena was required to obtain their identities.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

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