The U.S. Coast Guard Academy cracked down on 55 cadets who were caught distributing answers “via electronic means” for two assignments, according to an academy news release.

The second-year cadets were investigated and reviewed during a series of disciplinary hearings for the “clear violation of Academy policy.”

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

Disciplinary actions included:

•6 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.

Each of the cadets will be have a chance to appeal the disciplinary actions.

(U.S. Coast Guard)

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Joe Fleming is a digital editor and occasional reporter for Stars and Stripes. From cops and courts in Tennessee and Arkansas, to the Olympics in Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi, Rio and Pyeongchang, he has worked as a journalist for three decades. Both of his sisters served in the U.S. military, Army and Air Force, and they read Stars and Stripes.

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