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Task force: UNC System must improve academic oversight of student-athletes

Posted August 5, 2011

A report released Friday by the University of North Carolina Task Force on Athletics and Academics defined specific prohibited behaviors such as lying, cheating, plagiarism and bribery and outlined ethical standards for student-athletes across the UNC System.

The 13-member task force, which has been at work since March, will present its findings to the Board of Governors next Thursday.

Task Force report Task force says UNC System must improve academic oversight of student-athletes

The group pointed out that tensions exist between athletics and academics on all campuses in the UNC System, including the admission of athletes who do not meet normal academic standards. The report says those students need to be tracked, and teams who aren't graduating the students need to be granted fewer exceptions.

The report also holds coaches responsible for making sure the athletes are successful academically and suggests coaching contracts should reflect the academic mission. Further, the report talks about tutor issues – suggesting schools not hire "fans" who just want to get close to the athletes.

The report says, “The task force reviewed several effective practices at UNC institutions as well as other institutions with reputations for high quality in both athletic programs and student-athlete support programs.”

The report focused on all UNC System institutions, but the timing of the review comes on the heels of widely publicized academic impropriety accusations at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The NCAA says a tutor there gave improper help to student athletes, including former football player Michael McAdoo.

McAdoo has sued the NCAA and the campus to get back on the football team. An initial hearing on his suit in July saw his request denied.

As part of the lawsuit, one of McAdoo’s papers was made public, and the media found parts had been plagiarized. During the hearing, Paul Sun, a lawyer for the NCAA said, “Mr. McAdoo committed academic fraud. He is a cheater. That is what happened here.” Sun went on to openly discredit student-based Honor Courts during the hearing.

The Task Force on Athletics and Academics report makes it clear that there needs to be oversight on academic issues outside the athletics department.

In fact, the group would like to see each campus do an academic integrity review and would also like for each campus to update the Board of Governors annually on how its athletes are doing academically.

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  • Plenty Coups Aug 8, 2011

    "Major colleges aren't concerned about athletes getting an education. They are concerned about the athletic programs generating revenue for the school"

    Yes, but can you blame them? Would taxpayers such as yourself be willing to fork over more so that they wouldn't need this revenue?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 8, 2011

    The UNC system along with most Universities and Colleges in this country need to admit that students are professionally paid athletes who aren't there to get an education.

    Until then, the hypocrisy continues.

    Major colleges aren't concerned about athletes getting an education. They are concerned about the athletic programs generating revenue for the school

  • mountainlover Aug 8, 2011

    There are always those who want to say that problems exist ONLY at UNC. For example, in a previous article, one commenter stated that lying, cheating and stealing was the "Carolina way." I challenged that statement; in the challenge, I stated that I had worked at four schools and had found that lying, cheating, and stealing happened on all four campuses. The commenter's conclusion from this was typical of a "Carolina hater"--he/she said that I obviously could not get along anywhere. In each move, I had gotten a salary increase and/or a promotion; the moves had nothing to do with an inability to get along. My point: Why do we have to HATE one school to the point that we are ILLOGICAL in order to support our own?? UNC and NC State are both fine universities. Why can't we see that and believe that most people at the other school are good people?

  • The Gooch Aug 5, 2011

    "Wow! Academic fraud occurs on a widespread basis at UNC, and all universities feel the effects. Just because THE CAROLINA WAY has been exposed as a fairy tale, is no reason to penalize the other schools. PENALIZE CAROLINA!!! How about an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF UNC!!! You had TWO for NC State for Christ's sake." -- pskunk119

    Amen to that. Just because UNC-CH is rotten to the core, doesn't mean the other UNC system schools are as unethical as the so-called "Flagship." I can just picture Bill Friday and the other UNC-CH cronies shaking their heads at how the UNC system as a whole should be ashamed of itself ("but we should all just move on from our recent troubles"). What a farce.

  • Lost and Loaded Aug 5, 2011

    Those fools who say this is "UNC-CH" problem can't see the forest for the trees. Sure the UNC-CH admin botched the academic investigation of its foot ball team, but what is quickly forgotten is that Butch also had one of the highest graduation rates of his athletes than any other UNC school - including State and ECU and much better than most other ACC schools. It's not a death sentence for sports at UNC schools - it is a call to action.

  • NCSUPackfan Aug 5, 2011

    Wow! It took a task force to figure that one out? I wonder what that cost the taxpayers.- ORMA

    Most likely, not a dime. Maybe you should understand how these sort of things are funded and work before making that "typical" and "popular" comment.

  • pskunk119 Aug 5, 2011

    Wow! Academic fraud occurs on a widespread basis at UNC, and all universities feel the effects. Just because THE CAROLINA WAY has been exposed as a fairy tale, is no reason to penalize the other schools. PENALIZE CAROLINA!!! How about an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF UNC!!! You had TWO for NC State for Christ's sake.

  • MO_DUKE IS BANNED Aug 5, 2011

    This could be the death sentence for UNC sports.

  • nomorethanthat Aug 5, 2011

    You got it wrong when you say student athletes, saying athlete students would generally be more correct and what about UNC and NCSU basketball programs are they only waiting for the shoe to drop on them.

  • ORMA Aug 5, 2011

    Wow! It took a task force to figure that one out? I wonder what that cost the taxpayers.

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