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Student's death uncovers possible cheating scandal at George Mason University

Student's death uncovers possible cheating scandal at George Mason University (ABC7)

George Mason University confirmed Tuesday that an investigation into an apparent drug-related suicide from last fall revealed the existence of a “test bank," or a collection of images of tests shared with the purpose of letting students know what will be on an exam in advance.

The university says police discovered the existence of the test bank during an investigation into the death of 19-year-old student Tristan Medina, of Fredericksburg. Police believe that after taking LSD, Medina jumped out a fifth story window at the Potomac Heights dorm on Sept. 30, 2017.

The Washington Post reports that two exams were found on a laptop of Medina’s, including one that should not have been available outside an exam room.

According to the Post, that led to the discovery of a test bank possibly connected to Medina’s fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

A statement from George Mason University read in part: “The issue of the test bank was referred to the Office of Student Conduct to look into the misuse of university documents. No criminal charges have been brought. Student Conduct began an administrative process that can result in disciplinary action.”

The statement later adds: “The fraternity was suspended on an interim basis pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. That process is still underway and final disciplinary action may follow.”

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