and why they'll have a hard time figuring out who leaked the information about his academic dishonesty:
Someone in another thread alluded to students signing a waiver pertaining to the release of academic records. What actually happens is that a student signs a release form that makes certain individuals eligible to receive otherwise private information on the student's grades. (The student indicates these individuals on the form.)
This release allows the institution's personnel to divulge private information about the student's record. However, any employee of the institution who has the proper clearances can also access this information, since it is necessary for us to do our jobs. Certain elements (like academic or non-academic misconduct) may not be available to all users of the student information system; however, rest assured there are plenty of people at Florida who, if curious, could look up Newton's records if they so desired. However, it would be impossible to track that user down unless they were the only user to view Newton's records in the past six months or so. Considering all the hoopla about him in the media, I'd be willing to bet that half the people at UF with access to the relevant records have looked it up.
A UF employee may well have leaked this information, but they'd obviously be risking their careers (as well as subjecting themselves to legal action) if they came forward with documentation to back it up. Since Florida is obviously not going to release the actual records, this may the last we hear about young Cameron's cheating in the classroom.
However, given what else we know of his character, I have no problem believing that he was academically dishonest at Florida. I'd sure like to see some actual documents, though, like the laptop theft police reports on The Smoking Gun.
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