More than 70 West Point cadets accused of cheating since 1976
Seventy-three cadets at the U.S. academy at West Point were accused of cheating during a remote-learning exam held online in May, making it the worst such scandal in nearly 45 years, a spokesperson for the distinguished academy told ABC News Monday evening.
Of the cadets accused of cheating, 59 confessed, most of whom were enrolled during a six-month mentorship and program as a result. they’re going to remain on probation for the remainder of their time at the varsity , which suggests another infraction could mean expulsion, the spokesperson said.
Cheating is a particular breach of West Point’s honor code: “A Cadet won’t lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those that do.”
Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, director of public affairs and communications at West Point , said during a statement that “while disappointing,” the school’s system is functioning , and therefore the accused cadets remaining at the varsity “will be held in charge of their actions.”
Eight have maintained their innocence and can go before a board of their cadet peers — overseen by military officers and lawyers — to work out their fate next year. Out of the first 73 accused cadets, four have resigned.
The spokesperson didn’t identify any of the cadets by name.
The investigation into cheating began in May when math instructors noticed irregularities within the test results, a West Point spokesperson said.