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UNC leaders to get report Wednesday on academic scandal

Posted October 20, 2014

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— The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will be briefed on the latest in the investigation into academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during a special meeting Wednesday morning.

Former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein will deliver the report. He was hired last February by UNC President Tom Ross and UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt to review information uncovered during a State Bureau of Investigation probe of the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

A separate 2012 investigation led by former Gov. Jim Martin found problems in the department, including courses where no classes met and unauthorized grade changes, dating to 1997 and placed blame on former department chairman Julius Nyang'oro and a retired administrator.

The SBI investigation led to a December indictment against Nyang'oro on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense. According to the indictment, he was paid $12,000 to teach one of the no-show classes in the summer of 2011.

The Orange County district attorney dismissed the charge against Nyang’oro in July because he was cooperating with the investigation.

Wednesday's joint meeting with UNC-Chapel Hill's Board of Trustees is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the Kenan Center at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Wainstein will then publicly present his finding at a 1 p.m. press conference, and the report will be posted then at carolinacommitment.unc.edu.

In an open letter Monday, Folt said she and Ross will "share our reactions to the report, our plans for responding, and also answer questions from the media." She also said she plans to have follow-up meetings with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

"I understand that many of you have questions, and I hope that many will be answered on Wednesday," Folt said in the letter. "We will continue to keep you informed as we move forward."

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  • Alex25 Oct 21, 2014

    UNC appears to be very dirty.

  • WPIDHv.7 Oct 21, 2014

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    I said the same exact thing to unc fans WAY back in the early 90's ("Sports is big business..... anybody will admit that...") but unc fans would have NONE of it.... No sir.... they said it was a "STATE thing"...... and that unc didn't have to resort to such shenanigans..

    Weird, how things change.

    #NeatToo

    :)

  • WPIDHv.7 Oct 21, 2014

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    I said the same thing to unc fans way back in the early 90's... they'd hear NONE of it.

    weird, how things change.

    #NeatToo

    :)

  • backslaps82 Oct 20, 2014

    UNC-CH just got named 43 in the top 50 Univ. (in the world). I'm not too worried about the prestige of my degree suffering. Much to the chagrin of my Puppy Packer friends. But Sports is big business and anybody at a Div 1 school will admit that if they're being honest--so get real (and get over it)

  • Alex25 Oct 20, 2014

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    yep. and not just Peppers .... dozens of UNC athletes.

  • LetsBeFair Oct 20, 2014

    this is the same course of study Julius Peppers and others attended and swear by it.

  • baldchip Oct 20, 2014

    What a mess!!! It's clean up time.

  • Rodney Hill Oct 20, 2014
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    I don't know if there are enough rugs in CH to sweep all this dirt under.

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    Everyone, except Walmart fans like you, doubt the faux "investigations". Even real UNC grads think the school should come clean.

    This is a prime example of why people don't take Walmart fans seriously.

  • Rodney Hill Oct 20, 2014
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    For athletes the University of No Class has the lowest standards of any school in the ACC. I don't even think that is debatable after the last few scandalS...

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