America’s premier military academy, West Point, was forced to expel eight cadets and punish 51 more in a massive cheating scandal that has rocked the school, the biggest scandal since 1976.
The scandal involved even more as 73 cadets were accused of cheating on an online freshman calculus exam in May.
Suspicions were raised when instructors began noticing too many coincidental irregularities in the test answers of the group made up of mostly freshmen except for one student, who was a sophomore.
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West Point said that of the 73 cases investigated by the cadet honor committee, six cadets resigned during the investigation, four were acquitted by a board of their peers, and two cases were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Most of the cadets, 51, were ‘turned back’ one full year after admitting to cheating, and two were turned back six months. Those cadets are under probation until graduation.
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, West Point’s superintendent, personally adjudicated each case.
This is the biggest scandal since 1976 when 153 cadets were caught up in a cheating scandal.
“West Point must be the gold standard for developing Army officers. We demand nothing less than impeccable character from our graduates,” West Point’s superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said.
Of the eight expelled, three were offered a mentorship program that would allow them to reapply later.
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