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Ruppersberger, Chair of Naval Academy Board, Issues Statement on Results of Physics Exam Investigation

Aug 20, 2021
Press Release
18 Midshipmen have been separated from the Academy

(Washington, D.C.) –  Maryland Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who is Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors, today issued the following statement in response to the Academy’s completion of an investigation into potential honors violations during a physics exam taken by more than 650 midshipmen in December 2020. In all, 18 midshipmen have been separated from the Academy and 82 have been sanctioned.

“The Academy has conducted what appears to be a thorough and fair investigation and I support its findings,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “The Academy’s Honor Concept is clear and anyone who violates it must be held accountable. Midshipmen must earn the privilege to study at one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions and their character and conduct must be worthy at all times.”

Ruppersberger, a member of the Board since 2009, was elected Chairman in June 2020. The Board oversees matters related to morale and discipline, curriculum, infrastructure, financial affairs and more.
The Board consists of six members appointed by the President, three appointed by the Vice President, four appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one designated by the Senate Armed Services Committee and one designated by the House Armed Services Committee. The President of the United States receives an annual written report of the Board's findings and recommendations.