The state Senate will hold hearings into allegations that officials at Tennessee State University changed more than 100 students’ grades without instructors’ permission.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham agreed Thursday to hearings that would delve into whether TSU administrators changed “incompletes” into letter grades for students in two introductory-level courses. Faculty members complained that the changes were unethical, but the school’s provost and other officials say the changes were meant to clarify confusion over the course requirements.
State Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, requested hearings, saying the alterations might violate the state’s Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which bases funding for public universities in part on the portion of students who earn their degrees.
“As we work to raise standards for our colleges and universities in Tennessee, these are serious allegations,” said Summerville, who will lead the hearings as chairman of the Education Committee’s higher education subcommittee. “If the allegations are true, they threaten to rattle the structure and integrity of the university and have the potential to cheapen the degrees that so many students work very hard to achieve.”