...while taking a test in the online format.
Are not all CAP online tests "open book"? What kind of violation could one have in taking an online test? Isn't it about learning the material? If you come across a question you don't remember, look it up, now you know the material. Everyone should always make 100%.
Milestone tests are closed book. Wright Brothers, Mitchell, Earhart, Eaker, & Spaatz.
First, reveiw the UCC session on Adverse Member Actions:http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/UCCSGAdverse_Membership_Actions_3CD0EBFBFCC74.pdf
This document includes the relevent regulations as well as advice on best practices, including LOAs & Rs
My suggestion would be to start with a Form 50 session that includes the parents. Make sure that
you use the proper form per phase.
F50-1 Phase I
F50-2 Phase II
F50-3 Phase III
F50-4 Phase IV
CAPR 35-1 deals with suspensions
CAPR 35-1, Page 3http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/R035_001_88C55F858019C.pdf"(2) Regulatory Infractions or Misconduct. A unit or higher commander may suspend a
member for up to 60 days for misconduct or regulatory infractions. Suspensions in excess of 60 days
require approval of the wing commander (or commander at the next higher echelon if the suspension is
initiated at wing or region level). Suspensions under the provisions of this paragraph will not exceed a
total of 180 days."
CAPR 52-16 Page 25-26 deals with demotions:http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/R052_016_2011_02_BFAB729553AB1.pdf"5-13. Demotions and Terminations. In exceptional circumstances, the unit commander may demote a
CAP cadet for cause, up to a maximum of three steps in the Cadet Program (i.e.: three achievements, or
two achievements and a milestone award).
a. Notification and Effective Date. The unit commander notifies the cadet of the demotion in
writing, forwarding a courtesy copy to the commander at the next echelon. The demotion period begins the
date the unit commander approves the demotion request, if there is no appeal.
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b. Re-Earning Achievements. The cadet will need to re-earn the demoted achievements and awards
through satisfactory performance over a period of 60 days per achievement or award (For example, a cadet
who had been insubordinate would need to show a willingness to follow directions and CAP rules). If the
cadetís performance does not warrant a one-achievement promotion at the end of 60 days, the unit commander
may initiate termination (see CAPR 35-3).
c. Appeals. The cadet may appeal the demotion decision by writing the commander of the next echelon,
courtesy copied to the unit commander, within 30 days of receiving the demotion notice.
(1) The commander at the next echelon (normally at the group or wing level) will rule on the
cadetís appeal request within 30 days of receiving the appeal request letter. This commander is the final
authority on all cadet demotion actions.
(2) Cadets who appeal a demotion are ineligible to progress in the Cadet Program until the
commander who has the appeals authority rules on the appeal. If the demotion is approved after an appeal,
the cadet will be immediately demoted. If the demotion is overturned after an appeal, the cadet will be allowed
to progress as if no demotion occurred.
(3) In evaluating an appeal, the commander reviews the facts of the situation, whether demotion was
the appropriate punishment and whether the demotion was carried out in accordance with this regulation. "
How you deal with this may well build a leader or lose a cadet.
If the parents are complicit, the writing may already be on the wall. Of course your ability to prove the allegation is key here, and I would strongly
encourage you to discuss this with your next higher HQ.
I would start with ascertaining the facts of the situation as best you can, and work from there.
I don't think an IG is necessary however getting one to help might bring the point home that CAP takes
Integrity violations very seriously. It also somewhat removes you from the situation, but it might also
force your hand depending on the outcome, so consider it carefully.
With an adult, the "why" is irrelevant, cheating is cheating, but with an adolescent, who may not
have a good grasp of consequences, etc., or may have pressures you are unaware of such
as a special need that requires accommodation, we need to tread lightly, at least until all the cards are shown.
I would also say the age and phase of the cadet are relevent. A 12 year old with helicopter parents doing this on Curry
is a different situation then a 16 year old doing it for a Phase II Achievement. Whether this is chronic or an aberration
needs to be considered as well, not to mention if other CAP members, cadets or seniors were involved.
The direct answer to the OP is that this is not addressed directly in any reg, but needs to be handled like any other
serious violation of CAP's core Values, in this case "Integrity". A suspension, demotion, or even termination should not
be off the table, but used in proportion to the actual infraction, and with the knowledge that kids make mistakes.
And of course it should go without saying that "Discretion is the better part of valor" here. Whatever the situation and
outcome, it should be know to the smallest group possible.