Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct a separate probe of UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies program, following findings of academic fraud by a university review.
Woodall said he made the request on Friday and will meet with the SBI today to discuss the investigation.
“I told them I’d like them to look in to any academic or computer fraud that may have taken place, any forgery that may have taken place, any conspiracy that may have taken place to commit any of those crimes or conceal any of those crimes,” Woodall said today. “Of course, they can look beyond that. ...This would be very extensive. They could go in a lot of different directions.”
Woodall said he was swayed to request the criminal investigation partly because it appears that UNC-CH professor Julius Nyang’oro was paid to teach summer school courses in which classes were not held and no supervision took place.
The African and Afro-American Studies program has been at the core of questions surrounding academic fraud involving UNC football players.
The findings of an internal UNC probe released this month found 54 classes within the department in which there was little or no indication of instruction. The review also found at least 10 cases of unauthorized grade changes involving students who did not complete their work.