Three Students Suspended In MSU Cheating Scandal

(Starkville-AP) -- Suspensions were ordered Friday for three Mississippi State University students after they pleaded guilty during a school hearing involving a test cheating scandal.

The university did not release the names of the students.

The Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department earlier confirmed that it had charged students Cameron Farmer and Ryan Hutchinson, both 18, and 20-year-old Corey Barnes with receiving stolen property. Authorities also confirmed that former student, 19-year-old Paul Ammerman of Starkville, was charged with theft of intellectual property.

About 150 people are suspected of cheating on a December seventh algebra test taken by 800 MSU students. Officials believe a copy of the test was stolen from the campus print shop.

The three students pleaded guilty to school charges of receiving advance copies of the test. One of them also pleaded guilty to distributing the test.

The student pleading guilty to both allegations was suspended for one year. The other two will be out of classes until mid-summer. All three were given a failing grade for the course.