Dozens of West Point cadets have been accused of cheating on the maths exam in a scandal that authorities said Monday could be the biggest violation of the school’s honor system in years.
Lt. Col. Chris Ophart, a spokesman for the US Military Academy, said 55 of the 73 accused cadets admitted to cheating on the May exam, the first recorded by USA Today.
Students will be enrolled in a six-month rehabilitation program that includes talking to a custodian about the crime. He said he would remain on probation for the rest of his time at the academy.
Another four students resigned from the academy, he said, while in two cases there was not enough evidence to determine that the students had cheated.
Twelve other people must still go before an administrative board.
Seventy-two of the cadets were newcomers, and had a sophistication, Opard said.
According to a USA Today report, the students were cautious of the problem after determining that they were studying remotely.
West Point, which is about 60 miles north of New York City, is the oldest of the country’s five military service academies. Cadets, who are trained to be officers in the military, are motivated to be “leaders of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country and professional excellence”, along with the mission of the school.
Oppard said that two previous cheating scandals were exposed at the academy in 1976 and 1951.