The New York Times said that the American Military Academy in West Point is facing its biggest academic scandal in nearly 50 years, after more than 70 of its students were accused of cheating in a calculus exam, officials said. And 59 of the students admitted to cheating in the exam that students took it remotely and not inside the academy due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, West Point officials said.
Six cases were dropped, two for insufficient evidence and four after their resignation from the academy, while eight students are facing honor charter sessions that may lead to their exclusion, according to the Academy’s director of public affairs, Christopher Obhart. The final decision on punishment will be determined by the superintendent of the Academy, General Derrell Williams.
Colonel Obhart said in a statement that accounting is working as expected, and there were no exceptions to the policy in any case, noting that students are held accountable for breaching the charter.
Representative Jackie Speer, a California Democrat and chair of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee, said the revelations were deeply disturbing.
In a statement, Speer called on academy officials to share more details about what happened and their plans to ensure that these cadets deserve the prestige and honor granted to those chosen to serve in the Academy and who are destined to lead the US military and the United States.
Colonel Obhart said all but one of the 73 cadets accused of cheating on the exam were first-year students, while the other was in second grade. He added that they were not concentrated in one group.
Colonel Obhart said the cheating emerged shortly after taking the exam in May, when coaches identified irregularities in the students ’work.