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Former UConn student accused of changing grades

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Omar Hassan Faraj. (UConn police photo) Omar Hassan Faraj. (UConn police photo)

A former University of Connecticut student is accused of changing grades in a chemistry class.

According to an arrest warrant from UConn police, Omar Faraj, 18, of Mystic not only changed his own grade from a C to an A-, but the grades of eight other classmates.

The warrant said he did it between Dec. 21 and Dec. 25, 2015.

He was taking the General Chemistry class, which was taught by Dr. Young-Chan Son, PhD, at the Avery Point campus.

UConn investigators determined that Faraj memorized his lecturer's password after several meeting with him in his office.

He logged in to UConn's Peoplesoft system, which is used to maintain and keep student grades, to make the first round of changes.

They said he changed his grade and the grades of two others at first.

Son told investigators that he received email notifications about the grade changes and reported them to UConn officials.

A few days later, they said Faraj went back into the system to modify the grades of six other students, prompting more notifications to Young-Chan.

Investigators said they were able to pinpoint who made the changes by following a digital trail of IP addresses.

UConn officials said they dismissed Faraj as a result of their disciplinary investigation. That investigation found him to be guilty of disruptive behavior, unauthorized possession, misuse of property and damage of misuse of property.

"I kind of knew about it before hand because I knew the student," Lawrence Pagano, of East Windsor, said. "It kind of surprised me because he seemed like a good kid."

UConn police, however, said they continued to investigate whether criminal charges were warranted. A warrant was issued based on computer crimes.

The Avery Point campus was abuzz after the news of Faraj. 

Well, he's got to look further down the road its going to hurt them in the long run," Kate Zod, of Mystic, said. "He's not going to learn what he needs to learn and that will hurt him."

Faraj was charged with second-degree forgery. Bail was set at $5,000 and he is due in court on March 21. 

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