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Berger, McCrory speak out on Gov. Martin's UNC report

Posted December 21, 2012

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— A day after the independent investigation by former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin into the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was released, a couple of high-ranking political figures are weighing in with their opinions.

Republican Senate President Pro Temp Phil Berger released a statement Friday that suggests that while the former governor’s report uncovered previously unseen misdeeds, it may also leave more questions behind.

“Gov. Martin’s report raises a number of unanswered questions and reveals a significant and long-standing failure at UNC-Chapel Hill to protect its integrity and academic reputation,” the statement reads. “The people of North Carolina have a long history and proud tradition of support for our public university system. However, erosion of high quality standards and lapses in oversight will, over time, result in an attrition of public support. The North Carolina Senate will exercise its appropriate oversight responsibilities in light of these events and this report.”

Also on Friday, Governor-elect Pat McCrory took to Twitter to express his concerns for the report’s findings and sees the issues raised as an accountability problem.

“Just reviewed Martin report & results are troubling. It’s not just academic fraud but fraud against the public. It can’t be tolerated,” McCrory tweeted. “We must ensure future admins & their boards are held accountable & students are getting a sound education while protecting NC tax.”

Martin’s report, released Thursday in front of the UNC Board of Trustees, detailed an isolated reoccurrence of academic fraud within the African and Afro-American Studies Department dating back to the mid-1990s. The findings are adamant that the issue was confined to former department chair Julius Nyang’Oro and his assistant, Deborah Crowder.

While the academic improprieties were discovered during an NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels’ football program, Martin’s 74-page report suggests that the issue is academic in nature and student-athletes were not singled out to receive extra assistance with grades or assignments.

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  • SailbadTheSinner Dec 24, 11:41 a.m.

    I’m a’wondering if it would be politically correct to ask if this might not be a ‘racial’ event rather than an ‘academic’ or ‘athletic’ issue?

    STS

  • ccsmith1902 Dec 21, 7:01 p.m.

    Too many people at UNC looked the other way. The athletes did get extra help with grades in the Afro Am Studies Dept. along with the Academic Support staff who directed them to the easy courses. These people were well aware that the students were not able to pass more rigorous courses. The fraud was not limited to one department in many ways. This involved deans, department heads, and academic suppport staff. Just today I read that a Board member tried to call it an "issue" rather than a scandal, as Martin said. The report does not cover accountability on many levels.

  • Realthoughts Dec 21, 6:14 p.m.

    Just because you can play ball doesn't mean you can cheat yourself through college!

    This is really sad for all the students that work so are for their degree and don't get free grades for playing ball. I'm sure UNC isn't the only college fudging grades!

  • Realthoughts Dec 21, 6:11 p.m.

    I wonder what the NAACP has to say about Afro American Department at UNC. Oh that right, they are all for a free ride!

  • Realthoughts Dec 21, 6:10 p.m.

    I think they need to go through the roster for those classes in questions and force the students that attended to retake their classes or strip them of their degree.

    Athletes.... The free ride is over!

  • thebaldguy Dec 21, 5:33 p.m.

    "Martin’s report, released Thursday in front of the UNC Board of Trustees, detailed an isolated reoccurrence of academic fraud". Isolated reoccurrence? Cool. New oxymoron to add to the lexicon. Embarrassed to be a UNC grad right now. Martin did more of a review than an investigation. Where is the criminal investigation into fraudulent usage of federal funds?

  • superman Dec 21, 4:33 p.m.

    Thorp and his "board" need to go now. We no longer have any confidence in their integrity. They dont want the truth just try to candy coat the results and leave out important facts and details. The report did not answer any question or uncover anything new.