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Air Force: Up to 78 cadets cheated on math test

Air Force Academy says up to 78 cadets cheated on online math test by referring to website By The Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) ' Up to 78 Air Force Academy cadets cheated on an online calculus test by getting help during the exam from a website, the academy said.

Most of the cadets took responsibility for their actions and have begun a six-month remediation program, the academy said Tuesday in a written statement.

The statement did not say how many cadets were in the remediation program, and it was not immediately clear if any faced harsher consequences. Academy spokesman Lt. Col. John Bryan did not immediately return a phone call seeking further details.



The Cadet Honor Code states, "We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." Penalties for violating the code range from probation to expulsion.

The academy said the cadets acted individually, and there was no evidence of collusion.

Cadets were allowed to use the website involved for homework but not for the test, the academy said.

The remediation program includes reflection, writing in journals and mentoring with senior officers and other cadets.

In 2007, 15 cadets were expelled and three resigned for cheating on a test of general knowledge about the Air Force, and 13 others were placed on probation. Cadets had forwarded test answers through an Internet social group and private computer messages, the academy said.

In 2004, 69 cadets were questioned about cheating on a military etiquette test. Nineteen either acknowledged cheating or were found guilty by an honor board and were expelled or put on probation.

Seven other cadets resigned and 43 were cleared.


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