Westpoint cadet banished in the worst fraud scandal in 45 years


& Lt; p & gt; Graduated cadets march towards socially distant seats at the opening ceremony in West Point, NY last June & lt; / p & gt; (AP)

Graduated cadets will march towards socially distant seats at the opening ceremony in West Point, NY last June.

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West Point Has expelled eight cadets and has held another 51 students for another year after finding evidence of fraud on a scale not seen for more than 40 years.

Top American Army Academy in the northern part of the state New York, Investigated 73 cadets on suspicion of cheating in the freshman calculus test last May. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tests were conducted online.

Many of the suspicious people belonged to the athletic team, The school said. With the involvement of members of the school soccer team, USA Today report. About 72 cadets are new students, one is in the second year Cadets..

All 73 students made the same mistake as part of the exam. A total of 1,232 cadets were enrolled in the 2024 class.

“Although the impact on cadets is serious, most of them have a second chance to prove themselves and serve the country. No more can be sought,” said West Point’s history. Professor Tim Bakken said. USA Today.

“It’s a good place to start by building trust and fostering honor for the benefit of the country in the future.”

Lieutenant General Darryl Williams said: Press release: “West Point must be the gold standard for developing army officers. We demand impeccable personality from our graduates.”

Fifty-five of the 73 cadets admitted cheating as soon as they were suspected of cheating. The academy has a process called “intentional admission,” which was started in 2015 to encourage cadets to comply with the institution’s code of ethics and admit violations.

However, authorities have determined that the program was ineffective and have terminated it, School announced on Friday.

The program was supposed to increase self-reporting and reduce the tolerance for rule violations. Ending this process means that you will be reprimanded for possible expulsion for violations of the Code of Ethics.

A code cut into a stone monument on the school grounds states that “cadets will not lie, deceive, steal, or tolerate.”

Lieutenant Williams Added: “The creed of honorable life remains unchanged, the results of our leader development system remain the same, we live an honorable life, give honorable guidance and graduate from an army officer who demonstrates excellence.”

Of the 73 cadets accused of fraud, six resigned during the investigation and four were released from fraud by the board of classmates. Two proceedings were withdrawn due to lack of sufficient evidence. Two cadets have been returned for six months. According to Westpoint, 73 allegations have “completely ruled” 61 cases. release..

“Character development is the most important thing we do at West Point. It’s very important to develop our military leaders,” said Vice Admiral Williams.

The school said all restrained cadets were suspended until graduation. Of the eight cadets exiled, five were enlisted in the Army and were offered the opportunity to reapply to West Point at a later date. Three of them must accept the transaction and work as enlisted soldiers for eight to twelve months.

“All convicted cadets immediately received an” F “course grade, lost their cadet ranks and lost their privileges,” the school said. release..

For those who remain in school, representing West Point in the “NCAA Tournament, Club Sports Tournament, Club Trip, Overseas Semester, Academy Exchange Program, Brigade Open Final, Public Relations” completes the “Special Leader Development Program” Is prohibited. Honor “. Programs usually take 4-6 months to complete.

Members of the Cadets Honorary Committee began investigating allegations of misconduct in August, and the final ruling began in January.

The supervisor made decisions in each case, “based on individual merits, circumstances, and the recommendations of the cadet’s chain of command, the Honorary Commission, the brigade tactics department, and the commander.”

The incident is a worse fraud scandal at school Since 1976 When 153 cadets are banished or resigned after cheating on an electrical engineering exam.

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