by Sam Hieb
Three former faculty members allege Winston-State University is engaging in grade-fixing for African-American students:
Former Director of Academic Technology Shira Hedgepeth, along with two former professors who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity, alleged administrators at the historically black college routinely increase the final grades of African-American students in order to raise the school’s standing.
“Some students had their final grades changed based on their race,” Hedgepeth told Campus Reform on June 6. “That was a common complaint of many of the faculty that I worked with.”
“None of the Caucasian or non-African American students… none of their grades were changed,” she added. “The way the grades fell out, there was no other reason for changing.”
Hedgepeth filed a racial discrimination suit against WSSU after she was terminated in 2011. The EEOC has since ruled that she was indeed a victim of racial discrimination, and she now has two lawsuits pending against the university.