Five of six cadets expelled from the Virginia Military Institute in May over a series of spankings are asking the school's governing board to let them back in.

The six were expelled for lying about the beatings, and VMI's honor code prescribes but one penalty for lying: expulsion.The former cadets initially appealed their expulsions to a U.S. District judge in Roanoke, but he told them that, though their treatment raised "grave questions of constitutional magnitude," he was reluctant to rule on the case until they had exhausted appeals with the school.

Two of the three seniors filed appeals with VMI's board of visitors several weeks ago, and the three expelled freshmen filed appeals Thursday. The remaining senior has until Tuesday to appeal to the board.