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Jun 6, 2012 3:00 PM by Andy Koen

Academy announces cheating investigation results

As many 78 cadets at the United States Air Force Academy are suspected of cheating during an online math test.  Academy officials announced Wednesday the cadets accessed an unauthorized web program during a Calculus 2 final exam.

The test was given to 650 cadets during the fall semester and around 90 were suspected of accessing the web tool that had previously be available to them. Of that initial 90 cadets investigated, 78 (75 freshman and 3 sophomores) admitted to accessing the restricted site

A statement released by the Academy Wednesday afternoon states that there is no evidence of collusion between the cadets, each acted on his or her own. The cadets involved have reportedly begun an intesive remediation program.

"Penalties for cadets can range from honor probation to disenrollment, and that process is being worked through the Cadet Honor Code," said Lt. Col. John Bryan, Academy Director of Public Affairs. "Cadet Honor Representatives along with USAFA staff are fully engaged to determine who potentially had an unfair advantage in taking the basic FSE test. The fact that many of these cadets owned up to their mistakes tells us our process in developing these leaders of character is working."

"We are disappointed in this small number of our nearly 4,200 cadets. However, this review sends a strong message to all that if there are suspicions that a cadet uses unauthorized resources we will hold them accountable in accordance with the Academy Honor System," Bryan added. "We expect the very best of our cadets."

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