Candidate was forced out of Hopkins for grade fraud CAMPAIGN 1994

September 03, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

Deboul "Jay" Kim, the mysterious Towson Republican delegate candidate, was forced to leave the Johns Hopkins University last year after admitting that he submitted fraudulent grade change forms for five courses.

According to a finding of the university's Undergraduate Academic Ethics Board on Sept. 16, 1993, a copy of which was obtained by The Sun, "Mr. Kim's plea of guilty on all five counts was accepted by the . . . board."

The charges were brought by the university registrar's office, though registrar Hedy Schaedel has refused to comment on the reasons for Mr. Kim's departure, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law that protects a student's right to privacy.

Mr. Kim falsified grade change forms, in an attempt to improve his grades, for an introductory chemistry course in the fall of 1991, for a biochemistry course in spring 1992 and for three science courses in the fall of 1992, the finding says.

The ruling barred Mr. Kim from Hopkins for two years, "with the option to reapply for the 1995-1996 academic year."

"If he does reapply, he will be considered as a transfer student, and Hopkins will not allow him to transfer any credits he earns at other universities during the two-year period," the board said.

Mr. Kim has claimed to be a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University as well as a a medical student at Hopkins at various times during his campaign this spring for a seat in Maryland's House of Delegates in Towson's 9th District.

In May, Mr. Kim gave a Sun reporter the Social Security number of another person named Kim -- a legitimate Hopkins medical student -- to try to prove that he was a medical student.

Yesterday, Mr. Kim refused to directly discuss his expulsion from Hopkins or to explain his previous claim of being a Hopkins graduate and medical student.

"This whole educational deal has been very tough for my friends

and my family," he said, and switched the topic to the campaign, saying that "it comes down to where people stand on the issues."

He said he would issue a press statement explaining everything, but no statement was forthcoming.

Since Mr. Kim is running in a one-delegate district with only 1,800 Republicans and six GOP candidates vying for three nominations in the Sept. 13 primary, some party leaders worry that he could win with his strident anti-crime mailings.

The 21-year old Los Angeles native has raised about $20,000, including $9,000 that he contributed himself, to fund the campaign. He did not appear at a candidates night forum Thursday evening in Towson.

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