Three expelled in university scam

Gothenburg University has expelled three students after they were caught falsifying their exam entry grades. The students were taking courses in medicine, law and dentistry, reports Spionen, the university affiliated newspaper.

Three expelled in university scam
A file photo of a lecture at Gothenburg University

Mats Edvarsson, manager of the Gothenburg University student department said.

“It is serious in the sense that these are highly sought after classes. They have actually taken a place from someone else,” he told the newspaper.

The expulsions were part of a wider investigation into the growing number of faked qualifications that have been reported to the police over the past three years.

This particular case came to light during the fall when VHS, (Verket för högskoleservice) Sweden’s higher education authority, investigated suspicious application forms from several students for various continuing education programmes. The forms, from a high school for adults, were apparently badly filled in with easily identifiable faked signatures.

A pattern soon emerged and over 40 falsified documents were traced back to the same high school in Gothenburg, all of which had claimed they had attended the Åso Adult Gymnasium in Stockholm. On closer inspection it became clear that most of the students had never actually attended the school.

“The indications were, that the grades were falsified and we discovered that the school in question had not handed out the certifiactes. How they actually managed to get their papers is a matter for the police,” said Tuula Kuosmanen, manager for admissions at VHS, told


The rise in the number of cases of falsifying grades reported to the police over recent years seems to point to a growing problem. In 2010, 83 cases were reported, compared with 46 in 2009 and 19 the year before.

Britt-Marie Johansson, principal at Åsö High School, denied any involvement on the part of the school itself.

”We have no idea what this is about. There have been falsified documents arising from the school in the past, but never to this extent. Most of the students involved in this case have not been at the school.”

Falsifying university entrance applications carries a maximum two-year prison sentence.

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Police probe opened after poster campaign against ‘Islamophobic’ lecturers at French university

The French government condemned on Monday a student protest campaign targeting two university professors accused of Islamophobia, saying it could put the lecturers in danger.

Police probe opened after poster campaign against 'Islamophobic' lecturers at French university
Illustration photo: Justin Tallis/AFP

Student groups plastered posters last week on the walls of a leading political science faculty in Grenoble that likened the professors to “fascists” and named them both in a campaign backed by the UNEF student union.

Junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa said the posters and social media comments recalled the online harassment of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty last October, who was beheaded in public after being denounced online for offending Muslims.

“These are really odious acts after what happened with the decapitation of Samuel Paty who was smeared in the same way on social networks,” she said on the BFM news channel. “We can’t put up with this type of thing.”

“When something is viewed as racist or discriminatory, there’s a hierarchy where you can report these types of issues, which will speak to the professor and take action if anything is proven,” Schiappa said.

Sciences Po university, which runs the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Grenoble in eastern France, also condemned the campaign on Monday and has filed a criminal complaint.

An investigation has been opened into slander and property damage after the posters saying “Fascists in our lecture halls. Islamophobia kills” were found on the walls of the faculty.

One of the professors is in charge of a course called “Islam and Muslims in contemporary France” while the other is a lecturer in German who has taught at the faculty for 25 years.