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New Group Chat App Causes Students to Face Disciplinary Action

Nearly 100 students at Ohio State University are facing disciplinary action. They are accused of using an app called GroupMe to cheat in class. And many KU students use that same app.

GroupMe is an app many college students use to communicate with classmates. Some use it to ask questions about homework others even share study guides for exams.

Here in Lawrence many students don’t know if KU even has a policy on using apps for classes.

The Washington Post reported the students at Ohio State used the app to share answers on assignments throughout the semester. That’s what led to the disciplinary action. Becca Adler is a senior at KU who uses GroupMe. Adler says it’s very popular on campus, almost every single class she’s taken at KU has had one. Students ask about due dates or any questions about the homework.

“I think as long as people aren’t sending their answers and people aren’t directly copying from that then that shouldn’t be academic misconduct,” said Adler.

KU does not have any policies that prohibit Group-Me or other apps. Instead the student handbook says academic misconduct can include giving or receiving of unauthorized aid on exams or other class work.

“KU’s policy is a catch all policy. I think it’s there to protect the integrity of education,” said D. A. Graham.

KU Ombudsman D.A. Graham thinks KU’s policy covers situations such as what happened at Ohio State.

“They keep it ambiguous like that in order to encompass those situations that might not be as concrete,” said Graham.

But Graham does think KU will need to re-visit their policy in the next few years to stay current with technology.

A student guilty of academic misconduct at KU face penalties ranging from warnings to grade decreases, it can even lead to expulsion from the university.

Specifics are on the KU website.