40 Air Force Academy freshmen cadets accused of cheating on Chemistry 100 lab report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dozens of freshmen cadets enrolled in the Air Force Academy's Chemistry 100 course are suspected of cheating on a lab report assignment.

The Academy says 40 cadets of the 500 enrolled in the chemistry course are involved the suspected honor code violations.  Portions of their lab reports were allegedly plagiarized from students in a previous semester or another current student without proper attribution.

The assignment in question was worth just 50 of a total 3,000 points in the course.

"We are sorely disappointed in this extremely small segment of our 4,000-plus cadet population," Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson said in a provided statement.  "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."

If the cadets are found to be in violation of the honor code, consequences can be as severe as disenrollment from the Academy.

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