UNC Scandal

UNC Scandal

UNC academic scandal explained

UNC-CH is in the midst of an NCAA investigation into a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades. As the university awaits its punishment, the News & Observer explains how the 'public ivy' got here.



An unusual B-plus grade on a football player's transcript has unearthed an academic fraud scandal involving athletics at UNC-Chapel Hill. That grade ultimately pointed to nearly 190 lecture-style classes that never met from 1999 to 2011, as well as hundreds of bogus independent studies that had no instructor and date back to 1993.

All of this happened within the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and was largely the work of the department manager, Deborah Crowder, and to a lesser extent, department chairman Julius Nyang'oro.

A new report by a former top U.S. Justice Department official found that keeping athletes eligible was at the heart of the scheme. Nearly half the students enrolled were athletes, with some football and basketball players relying heavily on these "GPA booster" classes. Even a professor who later became UNC's faculty leader steered athletes to the classes.

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Findings provide clues to UNC’s fate

For UNC-Chapel Hill sports fans, alumni and lovers of the nation’s oldest public university – and even those who delight in the university’s current plight – one question seems dominant these days: What will the NCAA do?

UNC Scandal

NCAA: UNC lacked institutional control

The NCAA’s enforcement staff accused UNC of having a lack of institutional control, one of the most serious charges that can be levied by the organization, and of allowing dozens of instances of impermissible benefits to athletes. UNC faces major sanctions that could bring severe penalties such as vacated wins, hefty fines and postseason bans.