- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is giving a break to Citadel cadets facing punishment.

She spoke at the Charleston military college Friday and the school said she granted amnesty, meaning cadets ordered to serve punishments will not have to do so.

Those punishments are marching in the barracks carrying rifles or weekend confinement to campus. Amnesty never applies to those charged with substance abuse, alcohol violations or sexual assault or harassment.

Amnesty is rare. College President John Rosa has been at The Citadel 11 years and granted it only twice.

And only a select group can award amnesty to the 2,300-member Corps of Cadets.

That group includes the President of the United States, a foreign head of state, the governor, the college president and the college Board of Visitors.

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