Statement on an Upcoming Washington Post Article

aerial view of VMI post with House Mountain in the background

Published: December 16, 2020

Members of the VMI Family,

We anticipate this week will bring yet another article about VMI in The Washington Post.

The article may mention a possible honor court case and other details involving former cadets. By law, the Institute is restricted from discussing any details related to former cadets unless VMI secures signed permission from the individuals involved. VMI has requested written waivers which would allow VMI to comment on the details. VMI has not received those releases. Without the releases, the Institute cannot ensure that the facts of the article are complete.

Know this: The VMI Alumni Agencies will not be distracted by inaccurate or incomplete reports. We remain confident in the actions and integrity of VMI’s tried and tested honor system, and we continue to support and defend the strength and relevance of the VMI Honor Code and how it serves our graduates and our nation.

In the coming weeks, the Institute reports that it will be securely focused on a safe return to post for cadets and faculty, a robust spring agenda that includes NCAA athletics, the imminent investigation, and VMI’s internal process review.

The VMI Alumni Agencies will join the Institute in its steadfast support for the foundational processes of the VMI experience: The character-building first year experience, leadership development through the regimental and class systems, and the VMI Honor Code. Through that resolve, we will continue to support the Institute as it strives to be better and stronger, fulfilling its mission to graduate leaders of character for our nation and our world.

Thank you for your loyal support during this time.




Stephen M. Maconi
Chief Executive Officer
VMI Alumni Agencies