Former FLCC administrator due in court
Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 07:23 PM EDT
Canandaigua, N.Y. - A former Finger Lakes Community College administrator is was in court Tuesday for allegedly changing grades and student transcripts.
Nancy Purdy was charged in September with official misconduct and falsifying business records for allegedly changing classes and grades without authorization, according to court documents. The allegations stem from 41 questionable changes of student records, according to a witness statement.
Purdy pleaded not guilty.
Ontario County Sheriff's deputies said Purdy served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Initiatives. Between February 10, 2000 and February 28, 2013, she is alleged to have changed grades and added courses to several FLCC student transcripts without authorization.
Although the full intention for making these changes was not stated in the court documents, it is alleged that Purdy made changes for two students in order to defraud the state tuition assistance program.
In all, grades or class records for 15 students were altered, according to court documents.
FLCC President Barbara Risser told 13WHAM News that Purdy resigned in June, following an investigation into her alleged actions by the State University of New York. Risser said the school has since tightened its policies regarding who can alter student records which include grades.
Purdy was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Hopewell Town Court to answer the charges.