Jon Ross, cocaptian of the Navy football team, has submitted a qualified resignation from the academy to the secretary of the navy, after being found guilty of a violation of the honor concept at Annapolis.

Ross was found guilty of unauthorized assistance on a final examination. He had been reported for writing notes in the text of a book being used in an exam during the semester just ended. The presence of such notes was not permitted.

Ross, a defensive halfback who had won three letters, would have begun his senior year in the fall. Now, according to administrative procedures, he will be assigned to two years of duty as an enlisted man. He may reapply as an enlisted man. He may reapply for readmission to the Academy.

After the guilty verdict was renedered by an honors court, Ross publicly admitted what he had done, signing a waiver of the privacy act that can be used to shield honor concept violators.

"It is almost unprecedented for the academy to release information of a violation of the honor concept," said Thomas Bates, Navy's sports information director. "It took a lot of guts for Jon to come in and ask that an announcement be made. He felt that since he was a public figure, he should waive the privacy act and admit his mistake."

Ross, 21, submitted the following statement, then declined further comment: "I regret that I placed myself in a situation where my integrity was questioned. I anticipate orders from the Navy to serve two years of enlisted service. I hope that during this time I can demonstrate my potential for future service in the Navy and can successfully apply for readmission to the academy."

Bates also released the following statement by academy officials: "This is an unfortunate situation. The standards of integrity remain high at the Naval Academy and do not tolerate even an appearance of impropriety."

Basically, the honor concept forbids lying, cheating and stealing.

Basically, the honor concept forbids lying, cheating and stealing.

Besides starting the last 17 games at defensive halfback, Ross was Navy's leading kickoff returner the past two seasons, averaging more than 20 yards. Ross, 5 foot 9 and 182 pounds, earned 16 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track at Washington High School in Phoenix, Ariz.

"I think this is going to hurt us," said Coach George Welsh. "His experience, leadership, ability -- you don't find many like him. I hope somebody's around to take up the slack."

Navy has overcome numerous injuries to post winning records the last three years, earning bowl bids in 1978 and 1980. The coming season the Mids also will have to overcome the loss of two others who would have been senior starters, offensive guard Steve Hooper and defensive tackle Chris Garner. They will not return because of academic deficiencies.

"We'd better not have any injuries this year," Welsh said. "We've already had more losses than we've had since I've been here. But it happens to everybody."