78 cadets used an unauthorized online tool during a calculus exam, the Air Force Academy reports.
According to Air Force Academy spokesperson John Van Winkle, 650 cadets took the online exam for Mathematics 142. 90 cadets were asked about the statistical abnormalities in their results, and 78 admitted at least some responsibility for consulting an online tool they shouldn’t have used.
The Academy says there is no evidence the freshman cadets colluded. Each is believed to have acted individually, and each will be handled as separate violations of the honor code.
The code includes an oath that reads: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”
The cadets who have accepted full responsibility are now undertaking a six month remediation program. They will participate in reflection, journaling, and mentoring with senior officers and cadet honor representatives.
Additional penalties, to be decided individually for each cadet, could include honor probation or disenrollment.