Academy reviewing alleged honor violations

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The Air Force's Academy identified approximately 40 of its 500 fourth class cadets (freshmen) enrolled in Chemistry 100 (a core freshman course) for suspected Honor Code violations. Portions of a lab report assignment were allegedly copied and not documented either from previous semester reports or current student reports; this assignment is worth 50 of 3000 points.

"We are sorely disappointed in this extremely small segment of our 4,000-plus cadet population," said Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, Academy Superintendent. "While we believe that the young men and women here will be forged - and forge themselves - into leaders of character for our Air Force and the Nation, we also realize that not every one of our 4,000-plus cadets will meet the high standards we expect of them and we will hold them accountable when they fail to live up to those high standards in accordance with the Academy Honor Code."

The Honor Code System involves an informal and formal clarification if someone suspects that a violation has occurred. Cadets then collect evidence relevant to the situation and allow the suspected cadet to either admit to or deny the suspected allegation. The Cadet Wing then determines if a cadet has violated the Honor Code. If found in violation of the Honor Code by representatives of the Cadet Wing, a group made up of upper-class cadets, consequences can range from Honor Remediation, a three to six-month rehabilitation or six-month probation, up to disenrollment.

The Honor Review Process for these cases is ongoing. Updates will be provided when more information is known.