University of Oklahoma student charged with computer fraud in grade-changing case

by Silas Allen Modified: May 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm •  Published: May 29, 2013

— A recent case in which a University of Oklahoma student is accused of improperly changing his grades is the first the university has seen in more than 15 years, university officials said.

OU student Roja Osman Hamad, 24, faces five counts of computer fraud. OU officials said he broke into the university's computer system and changed his grades.

Hamad, a former student employee in OU's information technology department, was charged May 16 in Cleveland County District Court. Hamad didn't respond to calls and emails seeking comment for this story.

OU spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said the university hasn't prosecuted or expelled a student accused of changing grades since 1996, the earliest year for which information was available.

According to an affidavit, the university's IT department told OU police that Hamad used his access to the university's computer system to change six faculty members' passwords without their knowledge.

University officials told police Hamad then used the altered passwords to change his grades in the university's system and prevent faculty members from accessing the network, according to the affidavit.


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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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