NY Senator Wants Prison Time For College Entrance Exam Cheaters

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Since the SAT and ACT cheating scandals broke open on Long Island, lawmakers have pledged to come up with means to combat the identity fraud.

Suffolk County Senator Kenneth LaValle wants to make cheating on college entrance exams a crime. He released a draft bill Tuesday making the crime a felony, punishable by prison sentences.

Lawmakers are also taking a look at a high-tech ID system aimed at preventing cheating.

Click here to read the draft legislation.

“A novel system that’s absolutely unbreakable for securing the identity of a student taking the SAT exam,” said Dr. James Hayward at the applied DNA sciences lab in Stony Brook University.

“It’s a great way for people to really be who they are when they take the test, and not try to fake it,” Massapequa High School graduate Jennifer Karp told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Karp volunteered her forensic image for a digital DNA. It begins with mandatory pre-registering at a student’s home school with official legal ID documents only.

“All of that is uploaded to an I.T. system of wireless connections called the ‘CLOUD’,” Dr. Hayward said.

The student’s unique digital DNA code is created and assigned to an ID card with covert authentication marks printed onto it. Proctors can verify instantly with a simple UV light and smart phone scan.

“Now you can compare the image on the phone with the image on the ID card, and the image of the student,” Dr. Hayward said.

The technology has been used by the federal government at highly secure sites. Some lawmakers see no reason why a plan like this can’t be implemented and paid for by the Educational Testing Service and College Board.

The mobile DNA security scan would be done as the student enters and again at the conclusion of the test.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • Mistified

    I have to agree with all of the above,…. this guy has to be an idiot ,,…REALLY,… let’s spend alittle more time wondering why rapist and child molesters get less a year , or just probation, for their crimes.
    AND he really thinks it would ok to jail a student for cheating and pin a felony charge on that student for life !!!!!!
    NOW I have heard it all,…. let’s just vote this guy out so he can get some councseling,… and a better prespective on what is important in society.

  • Esmerelda

    This is out of control already, lawmakers need to make a bigger deal
    just to show they are doing something with their power.
    These kids just wanted to get into college.
    Give them probation and enough already.
    Their parents are going broke with all these lawyers, they
    got the message already.
    The Senator should arrest himself for stupidity.

  • lameoid

    Stupidest thing I ever heard. SAT is outdated. Cheating an a school test a jailable offense? How about just prevent their admittance into college. DNA testing?! Let’s DNA test husbands and wives who help each other on work assignments. Let’s DNA test parents from helping their children with their homework. So stupid. Who elected this fool? He’s just jealous he didn’t think of having someone cheat for him so he could get into a better college.

  • susan

    This is so misguided. If we, as a society, didn’t make getting into school such a high pressure situation and, if we, as a society, didn’t place such a premium on going to a particular set of schools and, if we, as a society, made sure that all young people got an adequate and well-rounded education so that they were able to compete with those who get the best of the best, we would not be developing a culture of cheating. As we become a society of haves and have-not’s, the pressure to cheat will increase. And let’s penalize the have-not’s even more by criminalizing them and making sure they can never have a decent opportunity for employment. What is wrong with our leaders? People, get out an vote!!!

  • Obamadinijad Hussein

    anyone trying to implement this plan should be thrown to jail for life. this is one of the ultimate violations of privacy. fkn clowns want to get a copy of your dna

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