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Former Georgia Tech Student Pleads Guilty to Inflating Grades

PRESS ADVISORY

Former Georgia Tech Student Pleads Guilty to Inflating Grades

July 18, 2012

Shayan Panjwani, a former Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) student, pled guilty today in Fulton County Superior Court to two counts of Computer Trespass (O.C.G.A. §  16-9-93 (b)) for illegally logging into Georgia Tech’s grading system and changing his grades.

In July 2011, while he was a student at Georgia Tech, Panjwani accessed the institute's grading system without authorization and increased his recorded grades in two classes. A graduate student noticed the discrepancy and reported it to Georgia Tech. Panjwani confessed upon being confronted and is no longer enrolled at Georgia Tech.

Judge Karen Woodson sentenced Panjwani under the First Offender Act to two years probation and ordered him to pay a fine of $1000.00.

Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hiatt prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Wesley Horne of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Georgia Tech Office of Information Technology’s Information Security Department.