Students caught cheating with an iPod - or even using one - face a one-day suspension under new school rules.

Schoolchildren in a Detroit school district now face an automatic suspension if caught using a mobile phone or an iPod. School chiefs say this is justified because they are facing a wave of exam cheats, who use their devices to help them pass exams.

They can expect a one-day suspension for a first offence and up to five days out for four or more such violations.

Students are outraged, but school chiefs say they had to do something to act against cheats and to teach "responsible use".

The Josephson Institute for Ethics in LA claims 60 per cent of 36,000 students it surveyed in 2006 said they had cheated during a test at school within the previous 12 months, reports USA Today.