October 23rd, 2014
More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in
classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially
inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum"
that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina.
The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice
Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic
fraud than previous investigations by the school and the NCAA.
Many at the university hoped Wainstein's investigation would bring
some closure to the long-running scandal, which is rooted in an NCAA
investigation focused on improper benefits within the football program
in 2010. Instead, findings of a systemic problem in the former African
and Afro-American Studies department could lead to NCAA sanctions. At
least nine university employees were fired or have had disciplinary
procedures started against them in light of the report, chancellor Carol
Folt said. She wouldn't identify them.