The majority of cadets caught cheating on a math test at the West Point military academy are athletes — including two dozen members of the Army football team playing West Virginia in Thursday’s Liberty Bowl.

Of the 24 Army Black Knights embroiled in the scandal, 17 remained in uniform as of Wednesday — and a few have already played in games this season, USA Today reported.

They remain on the team because West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams suspended the school’s policy of barring cadets who violate the academy’s honor code from representing the school in public.

The honor code is engraved in a monument at the Hudson River front school: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.”

In all, 55 of the 73 cadets caught cheating on the May calculus test at the upstate New York school are members of sports teams and squads at the academy in the largest cheating scandal there in 44 years.

The test was administered online because of social-distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 1976, 153 cadets were caught cheating on a mechanical engineering exam.

In the current scandal, 58 cadets have already admitted that they cheated and will remain on probation throughout their tenure at West Point.

Under academy policy, cadets found guilty of cheating would not have been allowed to play on sports teams after Nov 30, the date they were found in violation of the code.

But in an Oct. 23 memo, Williams wrote that the policy “resulted in an inequitable application of consequences and developmental opportunities” for some cadets.

West Point spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt told USA Today that the decision was not related to the school’s football season.

“We didn’t cancel the punishment,” Ophardt said. “We delayed it until final adjudication.”

The Army football squad is 9-2 this season.



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