The Air Force Academy is investigating its athletics department after a report from the Colorado Springs Gazette revealed details of wild parties that included sexual abuse and drug use, and of academic misconduct.
The Gazette compiled allegations from documents released by the Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act. In a statement sent to the newspaper, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson said that she called for an Inspector General's investigation of the athletic department.
"These efforts will help in eliminating subcultures whose climates do not align with our institutional core values," she said. "Despite all of our efforts, I expect we'll still have issues with a few young people who will make poor choices."
The Gazette's report included parties dating back to 2010 where cadets, including a core group of top football players, smoked synthetic marijuana, drank themselves sick and may have used date-rape drugs to incapacitate women for sexual assaults.
The party environment was so out of hand that academy leaders canceled a 2012 sting operation because they were worried that undercover agents and confidential informants at a party would not be enough to protect women from being assaulted.
The academy's Office of Special Investigations used confidential informants to gather information from the parties where most of the alleged wrongdoing occurred. The 32 cadets probed by the OSI included 16 football players and several other athletes.
Only seven of the 16 football players graduated at the academy. Two were court martialed and discharged, two were dismissed and five were part of a group of cadets that resigned or were dismissed for unrelated conduct.