POWAY: Six high school students suspended during cheating
Rancho Bernardo teens allegedly hacked into computer, changed grades
By SHAYNA CHABNER
April 29, 2008
Six Rancho Bernardo High School students were suspended Monday for
allegedly hacking into a campus computer system to change their grades
and to access tests, a district official said Tuesday.
The students will remain suspended pending completion of a district
investigation, Poway Unified School District spokeswoman Sharon Raffer
The hacking appears to have been isolated to the Rancho Bernardo
campus, one of five high schools in the Poway Unified School District.
Raffer declined to name the suspended students and to provide details
on how they allegedly hacked into the school's system. She also declined
Tuesday to say how the school discovered that its computer system had
"The police have been notified and we will review the results of the high
school's investigation," Raffer said. "That's really all that I can say."
Students and parents in Poway Unified are required to sign both an
academic honesty policy and an Internet and technology use agreement
at the start of school each fall, she said. In both policies, the district has
outlined consequences for cheating on tests, forgery, the alteration of
materials and the inappropriate use of computer or technology
equipment on campus.
The consequences for each offense depend on the situation. Typically, a
cheating incident at the high school level could result in a parent-teacher
meeting, a failing grade on the assignment or exam, or other school-site
Raffer said that in this particular case, though, the gravity of the incident
called for stricter discipline.
"This was going into a grade system and changing grades," she said.
"That's really serious."
Poway Unified School District
Student cheating scandal
By Jeff Ristine
SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
May 13, 2008
RANCHO BERNARDO – Stolen
passwords and hacking tools
from the Internet allowed
students to break into Rancho
Bernardo High School
computers to acquire advance
copies of tests and change
grades, officials said yesterday.
The hacking was done from
inside the school, taking
advantage of wireless access to
the system, an investigation has
Administrative panels are
expected to begin scheduling
hearings for the suspended
students next week, said Jack
Sleeth, an attorney retained by
the district. Outcomes will be
confidential, he said. He would
not speculate on potential
Guajome Park Academy--Vista
Unified School District
has the same law firm as PUSD:
Dan Shinoff/Jack Sleeth of Stutz
Artiano Shinoff & Holtz)