Convicted frog-wet-my-paper liar to appeal
The UVA student convicted of lying about the circumstances surround his bizzarre handling of an already-graded exam has filed notice that he intends to appeal his expulsion, according to this morning's Cavalier Daily. Convicted of lying in a March 26 open Honor Trial, third-year engineering student Steve Gilday has tried to explain why he scanned, re-graded, and re-submitted a BIOL 301 exam. According to trial testimony, Gilday tried to emulate the ink color and style of his TA's grading marks, but the TA recalled giving him a zero on a question that allegedly later possessed a stronger answer. The reason Gilday gave for rebuilding the exam? That it got wet and illegible after he left it out at the frog laboratory in the Gilmer Hall science building, where Gilday was employed. The Cavalier Daily notes that the manager of the frog lab, citing the facts that the lab processes 5,000 gallons of water per day and that Gilday worked at the lab during that fateful day, testified that his claim about the wet paper was "actually very likely."
While finding him not guilty of cheating, the student panel found him guilty of lying to the professor in offering his account, and he was expelled from the University.