The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master’s degree of U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, Walsh and the college said Friday.

“The board found that then-Col. John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism, and thus his master’s degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked,” said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Walsh, a Democrat, had been appointed to the Senate by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock after U.S. Sen. Max Baucus was named ambassador to China.

“Though I disagree with the findings made by the War College, I accept its decision,” Walsh said in a statement. “I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper, and I am prepared to live with the consequences.”

The New York Times first reported in July that about a quarter of the material in Walsh’s 14-page thesis paper may have been lifted from other academic works.

Walsh is an Iraq War veteran and former commander of the Montana National Guard.

One-term state representative Amanda Curtis, the new Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, is trailing some 20 percentage points behind Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines in recent polls.