Air Force Academy Probes Alleged Cheating, Misconduct

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Cheating by more than a dozen freshman Air Force Academy cadets on a low-stakes test and alleged misconduct by members of the school’s lacrosse team were under separate investigations at the school Monday.

The academy said 13 freshmen were accused of cheating on a test of basic Air Force knowledge. The test includes simple questions, some asking cadets to recite quotes and name key military leaders.

“These tests are part of their military instruction and consist of questions related to military history, rank structure and other general knowledge,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said Monday.

“Because that investigation is ongoing as well, I can’t divulge any further details.”

Less was released about alleged problems on the lacrosse team.

“I can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation into the conduct of several players on the team,” Herritage said. “Because that investigation is ongoing, I cannot disclose any further information.”

Both issues are familiar ones for the academy, which has faced repeated probes into the conduct of its athletes and has had several cheating scandals involving freshmen.

In 2007, 36 freshmen cadets including 24 athletes were accused of cheating on the freshman knowledge exam. In 2004, the school’s 4,000 cadets were restricted to the campus for a weekend after leaders found that 26 freshmen had cheated on the knowledge test.

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