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55 Cadets at Coast Guard Academy Cited for Cheating on Homework

NEW LONDON, CT (April 12, 2014)(CNBNews)--The U.S. Coast Guard Academy held 55 Second Class cadets accountable after cadets distributed answers for two separate homework assignments via electronic means, in clear violation of Academy policy.

The details of each cadet’s involvement in this unauthorized collaboration were investigated and reviewed during a series of cadet disciplinary hearings held at the Academy. Individual misconduct varied amongst the 55 cadets and disciplinary actions were assigned on a case-by-case basis, according to their actions.

“The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, honor, and accountability,” said Capt. Edward Hernaez, Commandant of Cadets. “Misconduct like this undermines trust and those found to have violated our principles were held accountable for their actions.”

Disciplinary actions under the cadet regulations and academic consequences included:

  • One cadet was removed from their summer academic internship,
  • Six cadets failed the course and 48 cadets received lowered grades,
  • 11 cadets were removed from their summer battalion command positions,
  • 55 cadets will undergo a 20-week honor remediation program,
  • 55 cadets were restricted to the Coast Guard Academy.

All cadets will be provided the opportunity to appeal disciplinary actions.