More than 70 of the West Point Military Academy cadets were accused of cheating on a maths final exam. This became the worst academic scandal since the 1970s at the Army’s premier training ground for officers.
The exam was administered remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 58 of the candidates admitted that they cheated on the exam. Most of the accused had been enrolled in a rehabilitation program and would be on probation for their time at the academy. The rest resigned and some faced hearings that could result in their dismissal.
70+ West Point Cadets Get Accused Of Cheating On Calculus Final Exam
The heart of the academy’s reputation got stricken by the scandal for rectitude, espoused by its own moral code, that is literally corroded in stone.
A law professor at West Point called the scandal a national security issue since the cadets would become the senior leaders who the nation depends on. He said that a cadet would not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.
Bakken further added that the fundamental code for cadets is that they shouldn’t lie, cheat, or steal. So, there is no excuse for their actions. When the military tries to downplay the effects of cheating at the academy, they would really downplay the effects on the military as a whole as it is the military on which they rely and honestly tell them when they should fight wars and when they could win them.
Ryan McCarthy, The Army Secretary said that the disciplinary system of West Point is effective. He adds in a statement that the cadets will be held accountable for breaking the code since the Honor process in West Code is working as expected.
The academy’s superintendent, Darryl Williams also had a similar remark and said that they made a deliberate decision to uphold their academic standards and uphold the cadets in such academic standards in the pandemic circumstances.
West Point’s chief of staff, Army Col. Mark Weathers said in an interview on Monday that, he didn’t consider the incident a serious breach of the code though he got disappointed in the cadets for their cheating. He added that the incident wouldn’t take place if the cadet attended their exam on the campus. The 72 plebes or first-year cadets and one yearling, or a second-year cadet, had cheated on a calculus final exam that was conducted in May. All the accused cadets made the same error on a session of the exam.
Investigations resulted in two cases being dismissed due to lack of evidence and four cases were dropped as the cadets resigned. 55 among the rest were enrolled in a rehabilitation program.
The cadets matched with a mentor and essays and journals on their experience. The process would take up to six months.