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No-show classes at UNC were mostly for athletes

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp (right) recently declined to answer questions about how Julius Nyang'oro, the former chairman of UNC's African and Afro-American Studies department, explained suspect practices in courses he taught. PHOTO: N&O file.

CHAPEL HILL — In case you missed it in print yesterday, The News & Observer’s Dan Kane had another enlightening story about the troubled African and Afro-American Studies Department at North Carolina, and how suspect courses in the department appear to have been part of a scheme to keep athletes eligible.

UNC football, basketball players made up large percentage of suspect classes


The impermissible benefits and academic fraud scandals that led to Butch Davis' firing also led to UNC's internal investigation into the Department of African and Afro-American studies. PHOTO: N&O file

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina recently released the results of a months-long internal investigation into the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. UNC’s investigation found widespread academic fraud involving more than 50 courses, and the investigation found evidence of academic fraud ranging from professors who never showed up to teach class to unauthorized grade changes.

You can read The News & Observer’s story about UNC’s internal investigation right here. You can also find a complete copy of the investigation right here

If UNC’s internal investigation wasn’t damning enough, the situation became worse today. Responding to a request from The N&O, UNC provided the number of football and men’s basketball players who enrolled in courses at the heart of the investigation into the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. According to UNC, 39 percent of those enrolled in the suspect courses were either football or men’s basketball players. Here is the story from N&O reporter Dan Kane.

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