UCF police: Student illegally changed failing grade

Last Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 4:27 PM EDT

A University of Central Florida student is under arrest for using a school computer without permission to give himself a passing grade in an engineering class.

  • UCF student Sami Ammar accused of changing grade from F to B
  • Engineering professor said he turned in one assignment all semester
  • Police are trying to talk to another subject

Earlier this month a professor was alerted about a grade change for one of his courses. When he checked the list he found the grade for Sami Adel Ammar, 21, of Windermere, had been changed from an "F" to a "B."

The professor said it caught his attention because Ammar had turned in just one assignment all semester and it wasn't even for a grade, it was an assignment to prove he was enrolled in the class so he could get financial aid.

UCF police said surveillance video showed Ammar and another person were seen entering a room in the Mathematical Science Building. A check of the IP address for the computer used to change the grade showed it was located in that room.

Police say Ammar was uncooperative when he was questioned. A warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday, and he turned himself in to the Orange County Jail Thursday afternoon. He's also been barred from setting foot on any UCF campus.

Police are still trying to get in touch with the second suspect, but have been told he is currently in California.

The crime Ammar is being charged with, accessing a computer electronic device with knowledge that such action is unauthorized, is a felony.