A University of Central Florida psychology professor won’t be allowed to teach at the school anymore after he was accused of allegedly selling grades for charity donations.
Kenneth Vehec, 57-year-old, who taught at UCF off and on starting in 2003, called the situation a misunderstanding.
“That would never occur in my class,” he said. “This idea of selling grades is abhorrent to me.”
According to official reports, the university received an ethics hotline complaint from an anonymous student who said Vehec told his psychology students they could receive an automatic 100 percent grade on the final five-page paper if they donated $100 to a fundraiser for his teaching assistant’s sorority.
The students had another chance to skip the final paper if they donated $25 in November, the student said.
Vehec said he teaches a large lecture class, so his style is to get his students more engaged by encouraging them to become involved in their communities.
“I would never do anything to cause the university damage or harm,” Vehec said. “That’d be the farthest thing in my mind.”
The university determined Vehec allowed his students to make charity donations to satisfy their academic requirements for his class, the report said.
The school report doesn’t say how many students gave money.
“Dr. Vehec was counseled that his behavior was inappropriate,” the official report said. “He will not be given adjunct teaching duties in the future.”
Source: WFTV News