UNC system panel crafting student-athlete balance

Posted March 21, 2011

— A task force appointed by University of North Carolina President Tom Ross on Monday began discussing how best to balance academics and athletics on the system's campuses to avoid more instances of misconduct.

Ross formed the 13-member group after problems with cheating cropped up at some UNC schools. An initial report is expected by May.

Last fall, 14 members of the UNC-Chapel Hill football team missed at least one game because of allegations of improper benefits from sports agents or academic misconduct. East Carolina University also reported problems to the NCAA involving a tutor and athletes.

"We are really looking at integrity within all divisions of athletic endeavors. We want to make sure that we are doing all we can to protect that," said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, who heads up the task force. "It's a huge job."

Ballard said the process is complicated because of the diverse group of campuses and athletic programs in the UNC system.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard UNC system panel crafting student-athlete balance

"Everybody faces some of these things, but probably not all areas of risk are the same on each campus," he said.

The panel is looking at a variety of issues, including making sure players know the rules and what defines cheating, and the best way to train tutors so they know what type of help isn't allowed.

"I think we also have to consider very heavily technology and online classes. How do we define academic fraud or academic integrity?" said Angelia Nelson, assistant athletic director at Elizabeth City State University.

Members are also talking about how institutions waive admission standards when an athlete doesn't qualify. One example being studied is a six-step process at UNC-Charlotte that involves faculty.

"It only takes a few athletes, as we found out in our institution, to really embarrass the institution," Ballard said.


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  • ncsuecu Mar 31, 2011

    There should be black and white consequences for actions taken to violate the rules with no exceptions! UNCCH seems to have had no consequences other than players being not allowed to play...Where is the penalty for the university charged with making sure young men are not taken advantages of by the likes of some recruiters?

  • truthBknown2 Mar 21, 2011

    When you come up with some guidelines, be sure its implemented, in Chapel Hill.

  • SaveEnergyMan Mar 21, 2011

    Anytime you have that much money running around there is going to be cheating and skirting the rules.

  • Clarksa54 Mar 21, 2011

    The "Carolina Way" finally gets exposed as a sham, and now the other schools will have to suffer with unnecessary rules.

  • Alex25 Mar 21, 2011

    Doubtful of any outcomes with UNCCH staffers on this. See NCAA investigation into football and other sports at UNCCH.