State Senators Plan Hearing on TSU Grade Tampering Claims

News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
(NASHVILLE), July 12, 2012 — Senate Education Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) released a response today giving Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) authorization to probe allegations at TSU regarding grade alterations. Summerville sent Gresham a formal letter of request yesterday asking for permission to hold hearings after it was reported that the TSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors claimed that “someone in the administration” changed many student grades from Incompletes to Cs.
“This is to acknowledge and approve your request to conduct hearings on the allegations of grade tampering at Tennessee State University,” Gresham said in responding to Summerville’s request. “I am confident that you and your subcommittee will determine the facts and scope of the situation and subsequently offer a report with recommendations for corrective action. As you know, compliance with the Complete College Tennessee Act with fidelity and integrity is our highest priority.”
“You are authorized direct liaison with other agencies as appropriate,” she continued.
Other members of the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee are Senator Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) and Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville).
Gresham said the date for the hearings will be set by Senator Summerville.

UPDATE: Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) has set a date of July Aug. 25, 2012 for the Senate Higher Education Committee to address the issues surrounding allegations of grade changes made at Tennessee State University. The hearing will be located in Room 29 of the Legislative Plaza in Nashville at 1:00 pm.

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