The Daily Tar Heel has a scoop today on the UNC-Chapel Hill academic fraud case -- the first published interview with a student who took one of the no-show classes.
It turns out one of the student paper's staffers had taken AFAM 428, Bioethics in Afro-American Studies -- in the summer of 2009. The staffer, Nate Harrison, a nonathlete, tells the DTH that a friend characterized it as an easy class and a grade-point-average booster. Harrison also said the class had been described to him as an independent study.
Harrison told the DTH the class never met, and at the end of the session, he emailed professor Julius Nyang'oro a 20-page paper. Nyang'oro was the longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies department until he stepped down as the scandal began to surface. He has since been forced into retirement.
"I never once saw Nyang'oro," Harrison told the DTH.
A university review found 54 classes within the African and Afro-American Studies department over a four-year period that had little or no instruction. Nyang'oro either taught or graded at least 45 of them. The State Bureau of Investigation is now conducting a criminal probe.