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Beckley Parker, former Miami University student, will not go to jail for school hacking

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HAMILTON, Ohio -- A former Miami University student is not going to jail for hacking into the school's computers.

Beckley Parker will instead pay $6,000 in fines, perform 100 hours of community service and serve two years on probation.

Parker hacked into the university's system and changed students' grades over the course of four semesters, beginning in the spring of 2011.

Butler County Judge Robert Lyons sentenced Parker Thursday afternoon.

Parker is one of two students expelled from the university in March after admitting to the hacking. The other expelled student, David Callahan, will be sentenced June 27. Maximum sentence is six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

Police were alerted about the grade changes when a faculty member noticed the grades entered in the university's grading system did not match what she had on paper.

An investigation allegedly found the two students  used a key logger, an inexpensive device that monitors keystrokes, to monitor when instructors used their passwords and usernames to log into the school's computer system.

The students allegedly used that information to access the Banner and Niihka grading systems and change grades, according to officials.

Callahan allegedly changed his grade once and two other students' grades in an effort to cover his actions.

Parker allegedly changed his own grades in 17 different classes and the grades of more than 50 students dating back to the spring of 2011.

In response to the incident, Miami said it has implemented a new two-way, email notification process to alert faculty when grade changes are made.

The university said grades that were changed were corrected.

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