The flagship University of North Carolina campus declined to release information about the education of Janet Huffstetler. Under NC’s state laws, UNC-Chapel Hill can do so when its actions are questioned.
Cheryl Thomas, former admissions director of the UNC-Chapel Hill graduate school, said she was asked repeatedly to admit athletes who hadn’t applied on time, hadn’t taken the GRE or didn’t have sufficient grades. The athletes had eligibility remaining but had finished undergraduate degrees.
Mary Willingham and UNC-Chapel Hill have reached a tentative settlement over a lawsuit she filed last summer that contended the university retaliated against her for blowing the whistle on a long-standing academic fraud involving classes that never met.
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill tells SACS, the commission that holds the university’s accreditation, that lack of access to the central figures in the long-standing academic fraud made it difficult to understand the depths of the fake-class scheme.
A retiring Virginia congressman filed bipartisan legislation this week that would set up a presidential commission to look into several high-profile issues with college sports, including the academic fraud that spanned 18 years at UNC-Chapel Hill.
A former administrator who failed to take action that could have stopped academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill is no longer listed as director of the university's Honors Semester in London for the spring of 2015.
Jo Potuto, a law professor at Nebraska, is a former chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions and remains a substitute on the committee. She has been consulting for the law firm hired by UNC to help with any potential infractions case stemming from its academic scandal involving roughly 1,500 athletes.
Documents released with the Wainstein report have new details about the depth of the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina. The NCAA is likely to review students' transcripts as attention turns to the Tar Heels' basketball teams, including some from championship seasons.
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What seemed to be an effort to “get to the bottom” of this “terrible mark” on the “proud history” of UNC, the school’s response to the Wainstein Report is another example of their avoidance. Instead of having the courage to tackle systemic issues, more “bad individuals” have been banished.
As Carol Folt arrived from the Ivy League, a cloud hung over UNC-Chapel Hill: The crisis that had enveloped academics and athletics for three years still carried unanswered questions – how did the bogus classes for athletes start, and why?
The latest investigation into an academic scandal laid bare the stresses of trying to compete in revenue-producing sports while maintaining the academic standards of the nation’s oldest public university, which has for decades taken pride in winning “the Carolina Way.”
In a session with several hundred faculty, staff and students in an auditorium at the UNC Genome Center, Chancellor Carol Folt and several other key administrators talked about reforms – those adopted since 2010, when the athletics scandal broke, and others to be developed.