It’s the end of the semester, and students are desperate to ace —or maybe just pass—their final exams, but two students at the University of Kentucky resorted to a Mission Impossible-style stunt to get a hold of a statistics exam. Both were arrested for attempting to steal a statistics final exam from a professor’s office by climbing through the air vents and lowering themselves down from the ceiling.
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Henry Lynch II and Troy Kiphuth, both 21-year-old students at the University of Kentucky, were caught in the act by UK statistics instructor John Cain, who happened to be working late at his campus office on Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Around 2 a.m., Cain left his office to get some food. When he returned, he found his office door was blocked. Cain yelled through the door that he was going to call the police. That was when the two students ran out of the office, down the hallway, and out of the building.
One of the students had crawled through a 10-foot air duct and climbed down from the ceiling to let the other student into the office where they were looking for the statistics final when Cain interrupted them.
Lynch returned to the scene to confess when he became worried that the professor would recognize him from class. Kiphuth, the accomplice, was not enrolled in the statistics class.
Lynch confessed this was not his first attempt to steal the final, nor was this his first try at cheating. He told police that earlier in the semester, he successfully climbed through the duct to steal another exam and was not caught. He also tried to steal the final earlier in the day but could not locate it.
The case has been referred to the Fayette Circuit Court where both students will face charges of third degree burglary. The University of Kentucky’s Office of Student Conduct will also investigate and review the matter.
“It’s an unusual set of circumstances,” university spokesman Jay Blanton told the New York Times. “It also underscores how late our faculty work.”