ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 23, 1976
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(Studio) Army Secretary Martin Hoffmann issues revision of rules with regard to cheating at West Point, enabling convicted cadets to reapply after yr's. suspension.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Until this revision, expulsion only punishment for cheating at West Point; but more than 200 cadets accused of cheating on take-home exam, so Army announces temporary form of punishment. [HOFFMANN - says those who have violated code of honor will be separated from Academy and allowed to reapply next spring.] West Point superintendent Lieutenant General Sidney Berry feels cadet corp will support action, though there'll be mixed reaction. [BERRY - notes differing reactions of cadets.] Attorney for some cadets prepares objection to Army's plan because it doesn't guarantee cadets' readmittance to Academy. Says he'll go to President to intervene.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
(West Point, New York) West Point's 6 highest ranking cadets listened to Army Secretary's announcement at Academy. Cadet commander Ken Miller says he favors decision and easing of penalties for some future violations. [MILLER - says expulsion too absolute; each case should be considered individually along certain guidelines.] Vote by cadets with regard to changing honor code expected later this year
REPORTER: Bill Stewart