The programmer who wrote code for a online degree from a US university that suspended him for writing it for a personal website will get a credit.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that James Fudge, a software developer who is working on a program called Computer Science for Humans, wrote the software code for the online program that he had created, but that the company he worked for did not grant the student a credit for the work.
Fudge, who has not commented publicly, said in a blog post on Thursday, “I had to work on it because of a software bug and I think it’s really important for the students to be able to do research without having to work for an institution.”
The student, who declined to be identified, said he wrote the code for his program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison because he did not have access to the source code, and that he was hoping to make money for his college tuition.
“I wanted to give students the opportunity to do things like make their own tools, to learn and work on their own things,” he said in the blog post.
“That’s something that’s really interesting to me, it’s something I really care about.”
The software that Fudge wrote for the course was not released to the public, and the university did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fudging was suspended by the university on July 12 for six months.
The university initially said the code was for a commercial software program and that it was a violation of university policies that prohibit software code that promotes, encourages, or encourages the sale of goods or services.
Fusion Consulting, which was contracted by the University to create the online degree, said it would not comment on the case.
“The University’s position on the matter has not changed,” the company said in an emailed statement.
The student’s attorney, Brian Lohr, said the company was not obligated to provide Fudge the source codes, and said it was unclear whether Fudge had received any compensation for the code.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suspended Fudge for two years in January for writing software code to help students create software that would help the university’s online degree programs.
University of Wisconsin System President Bruce Storch announced in June that the university would review its policies to ensure that any software that it contracts with for online programs violates university policies, including the code Fudge’s company wrote.
Fudges company, Fusion Consulting, did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Thursday.
In June, the University System of Maryland announced it would be shutting down all online programs at the school.
The University of Michigan said it will end all online degree and master’s programs starting in 2018.