The Air Force Academy has found another cheating scandal, and it involves 40 cadets who are accused of cheating on a chemistry lab. After the recent Air Force cheating scandal involving nuclear weapons exams, this comes as another disappointment for the military branch. The superintendant expressed her concern and disappointment about the news, and there is an investigation ongoing at the academy.
Forty cadets are accused of copying a chemistry lab, according to the Associated Press. These are freshmen who are part of a large 4,000 group at the Air Force Academy. The academy has the option of kicking out the cadets if they are found guilty, but it may also choose to give them probation. Since the investigation is not over, it is not clear how the Air Force Academy will proceed.
This is not the first time that the Air Force Academy has found itself in the middle of a cheating scandal. Previous cases have also involved students cheating on exams or assignment and getting caught. Last year, the academy found problems among a group of cadets taking a calculus test and most admitted their guilt.
The honor board at the Air Force Academy will be investigating the cheating and deciding on the punishment. Offenders who admit their mistakes may receive some leniency and be forced to take a special program. However, they avoid being expelled, so many choose this option to stay in the academy.
The chemistry class involved in the investigation has 500 students, but only 40 are suspected of cheating. The Air Force Academy points out that this is not a huge number, but it is still a big disappointment to see any cadets violate the honor code. The academy has been focusing on making sure cadets are aware of the code and follow it at all times.
Another cheating scandal in the Air Force simply adds to the long list of embarrassment the branch has gone through recently. Since this case occurred at the Air Force Academy, it shows an unfortunate early rise in unethical behavior among new cadets. Although some may argue it is not a systemic problem, it is difficult not to acknowledge that there are problems in need of remedies. The Air Force is not the only military branch that is dealing with numerous scandals, so the entire U.S. military is looking for changes. The latest issue shows that the problems need to be addressed soon.