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Wainstein report continues to impact UNC students

Posted October 30, 2014

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— The Wainstein report continues to impact students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I feel like this investigation is an attack on my scholarship,” Taylor Webber-Fields said.

Webber-Fields was among a group of students in UNC’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies who discussed their reaction to the report during an open forum Thursday night.

The event was in response to the recently released report, which detailed academic fraud within the department for decades.

Some of the department’s current students said they're looked at differently on campus and believe the value of their degree is being questioned.

“I feel there are racial undertones that have not been addressed,” Webber-Fields said.

Student athletes say they're also under the microscope.

“Whoever it was that did this is not here anymore,” said Jarrod Jones, a student coach for the football team. “We are a group going under a lot of stress right now.”

The stress, Jones said, has made student athletes worried about every move they make.

"Heightened alert on what we would post on social media, who was following us, what did we say,” he said. “So for a while, guys felt as if they could not be themselves."

But Jones said the report is like pulling off an adhesive bandage, and that the hardest pain is behind them.

"Your Carolina degree is as strong and powerful now as it was the day before the Wainstein report, and if we act with courage and conviction, it will be stronger as you go forward," Carol Folt, UNC chancellor, said at the event.


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  • wth50beau Oct 31, 2014

    I don't know the feeling on campus but no one mentioned race in the articles other than to state it was the African and Afro American Studies. Even then, they only identified the students impacted as student athletes which is a broad spectrum of ethnicities. As to the student athletes being on edge, all students should self monitor what they do, say and post on social media. Having been in the workforce for years now, I can tell you, those posts will be looked at by prospective employers in all fields.

  • itsnotmeiswear Oct 31, 2014

    Pretty ridiculous thing to say that this was just about sports given that more non-athletes than athletes benefited from the classes. I find it hard to believe that a lot of people in the both athletic and faculty administrations didn't follow a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The most amazing thing to me about the whole thing is that some group or number of students didn't raise a flag much sooner. The student culprits seem to be getting a easy grade and a free pass on their lack of ethics.

  • Justin Case Oct 31, 2014
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    There are racial undertones in this major. It's about race. While legislation helps diminish racism in a generation, it actually takes a few generations to suppress it fully. As long as we continue to measure by race (census, reports, quotas, etc.) and offer programs like AFAM, racism will continue to fester. Specializing on race is counter-intuitive to laws, practices and generational reduction in racist attitudes. We need to recognize this soon or we'll never reduce racism further.

  • John Ragan Oct 31, 2014
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    Sorry it went all the way to the top of the of the Athletic dept.. Your AD, Dick Baddour, was in the middle of it for 15 of the 18 years. Baddour "retired" along with the firing of Davis. The funny thing is the silence coming from the AD for those other 3 years good ol' John Swofford commish of the ACC. It involves all of the revenue sports at your school....yea it is all of your athletic dept.

  • John McCray Oct 31, 2014
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    Hahaha, "desperately want?" You have to be joking. I could care less what happens except that all people get treated as their conduct dictates. Regardless of where it originates, if some Adviser or Academic Chair's assistant came up with it or not, it wasn't a secret and it wasn't addressed. Still, no one addressed my original question as to how this is political?

  • LetsBeFair Oct 31, 2014

    As a computer Science major -- sorry, I have NO Sympathy.

  • luvbailey Oct 31, 2014

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    Your post implies that this originated in the athletic department. It did not. It originated on the academic side. Yes some counselors on the athletic side got caught up in it and some athletes as well. They should have ran from it but instead were drawn to it. But it did not originate in the athletic department. Of course you probably don't believe the Wainstein report because it is not the answer you so desperately want.

  • justabumer Oct 31, 2014

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    What happened at Carolina was wrong but it's also wrong to condemn the entire athletic department for the actions of a few.

  • dirtydozen431 Oct 31, 2014

    Is somebody reading it to them.

  • Eq Videri Oct 31, 2014
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    Taylor Webber-Fields et al: The investigation report is not an attack on your scholarship.

    UNC's two decades of ACADEMIC CHEATING is an attack on your scholarship, and maybe your diploma.

    You and other UNCers should aim your ire at the wrongdoers and their many enablers.