The majority of cadets caught cheating on a math test at the
West Point military academy are athletes — including two dozen
members of the Army football team playing West Virginia in
Thursday’s Liberty Bowl.
Of the 24 Army Black Knights embroiled in the scandal, 17
remained in uniform as of Wednesday — and a few have already
played in games this season, USA Today reported.
They remain on the team because West Point Superintendent Lt.
Gen. Darryl Williams suspended the school’s policy of barring
cadets who violate the academy’s honor code from representing
the school in public.
The honor code is engraved in a monument at the Hudson River
front school: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate
those who do.”
In all, 55 of the 73 cadets caught cheating on the May calculus
test at the upstate New York school are members of sports teams
and squads at the academy in the largest cheating scandal there
in 44 years.
The test was administered online because of social-distancing
restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 1976, 153 cadets were caught cheating on a mechanical
In the current scandal, 58 cadets have already admitted that
they cheated and will remain on probation throughout their
tenure at West Point.
Under academy policy, cadets found guilty of cheating would not
have been allowed to play on sports teams after Nov 30, the date
they were found in violation of the code.
But in an Oct. 23 memo, Williams wrote that the policy “resulted
in an inequitable application of consequences and developmental
opportunities” for some cadets.
West Point spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt told USA Today
that the decision was not related to the school’s football
“We didn’t cancel the punishment,” Ophardt said. “We delayed it
until final adjudication.”
The Army football squad is 9-2 this season.