Probe started after tutor says she took exams for Mizzou athlete - KCTV5

Probe started after tutor says she took exams for Mizzou athletes

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Months after being under fire, the University of Missouri is in the spotlight again after a former campus tutor admits she did more than help athletes study. (KCTV5) Months after being under fire, the University of Missouri is in the spotlight again after a former campus tutor admits she did more than help athletes study. (KCTV5)
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Months after being under fire, the University of Missouri is in the spotlight again after a former campus tutor admits she did more than help athletes study.

Yolanda Kumar had been a tutor for the university for three years until she unexpectedly resigned earlier this month.

Kumar took to Facebook Tuesday, and through a private post, she claims academic fraud as the reason for her departure.

"I couldn't carry this burden alone. I could no longer do it, it was too much," she said.

Kumar says it started small by helping student athletes with entrance exams but slowly snowballed into a much bigger problem. She admits to taking the exams for them and even completing entire courses, a practice she says started in the summer of 2015.

While she won't name specifics of who she took exams for, she did say they were athletes in revenue-generating sports for the school.

Kumar says she felt pressured and was encouraged to continue cheating for the athletes from at least two athletic coordinators.

"I don't know where their pressure was coming from. I can tell you my pressure was coming from them," she said.

The reason behind the Facebook post, Kumar says, was to let her family and friends know what had happened directly from her.

"When I made that post, I just wanted them to know the details of the situation from my perspective from my side and that's my truth," she said.

It is a truth she knows comes at a high price.but hopes now that she's taken responsibility for her mistakes the university will do the same.

"This is bigger than me. This not about me anymore. I've already told you what I've done. This is about a culture that forces themselves to be put in a position like this," she said.

It is a position she says she could no longer be part of.

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