West Point staar die ergste bedrogskandaal in dekades in die gesig

Die Amerikaanse Militêre Akademie in West Point hanteer die gevolge van 'n groot voorval met bedrog 73 kadette, die grootste kullery-episode op die elite-skool sedertdien 1976.

Seventy-two of the cadets accused of breaking the academy’s famed honor code are first-year cadets, referred to as theplebe year,” according to the academy. One student is a sophomore. All of them are accused of cheating on a calculus exam in May, when West Point had shifted to virtual classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are about 1,200 students in the first-year class.

‘The honor process

    The cheating accusations were first reported by USA Today.
    The honor process is working as expected and cadets will be held accountable for breaking the code,” Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said in a statement to CNN.
    West Point honor code and character development program remains strong despite remote learning and the challenges brought by the pandemic,” Lt. Kol. Christopher Ophardt, a spokesman for West Point, het CNN in 'n verklaring gesê.
    Evidence of cheating was discovered by instructors who found “onreëlmatighede” while grading the calculus exams, according to Ophardt.
    Two of the cases were dropped for lack of evidence and four other cadets resigned from the military academy. The remaining 67 students await a decision on their fate.
    Cadets are being held accountable for breaking the code,” Ophardt said. “While disappointing, the Honor System is working, and these 67 remaining cases will be held accountable for their actions.

    Major cheating scandals

    N somtotaal van 59 cadets admitted to cheating on the exam, the academy said, met 55 of those now enrolled in the academy’swillful admissionsprocess, a rehabilitation program that involves after-hours classes, discussions on ethics and the honor code, and being on probation for the rest of the year.
    Four of the students who admitted to cheating did not qualify for the rehabilitation process, according to the academy, and will face a cadet advisory board composed of fellow students, who will make a recommendation as to their fate, ranging from probation to expulsion.
    The academy’s superintendent, Lt. Genl. Darryl Williams, will make a final determination as to what is to happen to them.
    A full investigative hearing is being conducted for the eight cadets who did not admit to cheating, the academy said.
      West Point has been rocked by major cheating scandals before, notably in 1951 and in 1976, the latter of which involved 152 kadette.
      Many of the cadets from the 1976 incident were readmitted because of how the investigations and punishments were handled.

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