USAFA Cadet Cheating

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

A total of 28 freshman allegedly cheated on a weekly knowledge test given last week and officials at the Academy are taking it very seriously.

"You violate our code and there are severe consequences," said Johnny Whitaker, AFA Director of Communications.

Every cadet who spends four years at the Academy knows the importance of the honor code. It’s a code cadets are expected to live by everyday and read when they walk by the honor wall on their way to class.

Its says, "We will not lie, steal or cheat or tolerate among us anyone who does."

And that’s why last week Academy officials were very concerned when they received word cheating had occurred on a weekly exam.

"The cadets brought it to our attention which is a good thing because that the way the system is designed," said Whitaker.

And they immediately began investigating.

"Somebody got hold of the answers and sent them to their buddy list on one of those Internet social websites," He said.

He says they are still looking into how exactly the answers were obtained, bottom line, it’s offense taken very seriously at the academy.

“Whenever something like this happens we’re very disturbed, we need honorable people leading our Air Force and that’s what these young men and women are doing," said Whitaker.

All the cadets involved face some sort of punishment, it could range in severity from probation to expulsion and it will be determined on a case by case basis which will take several weeks to complete.

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