UNC to hire chief integrity officer

UNC-Chapel Hill will hire an administrator to oversee integrity and policy at the university in the aftermath of the long-running athletic and academic scandal.

The move was announced in a letter from Chancellor Carol Folt to the campus. The new hire was recommended by two internal working groups that for months have studied policies and ethics at the university.

The newly created position, called the chief integrity and policy officer, will be a senior administrator who reports directly to Folt. Todd Nicolet, associate dean of operations for UNC’s School of Government, will serve in the position starting Feb. 8 on a temporary basis until the job is filled permanently.

An ethics and integrity working group completed its report in November. Another, a policy and procedures working group, will finish its report by the end of the month. Both recommended that the university hire a senior administrator to oversee matters related to integrity and policy.

According to Folt, the working groups said the university has strong programs on ethics and integrity but did make recommendations to make resources more visible to the community.

The groups were convened after the 2014 Wainstein Report revealed the extent of the scandal – 18 years of fraudulent classes in the then-African and Afro-American Studies department that were disproportionately populated with athletes. The university received notice from the NCAA of five major allegations and was placed on probation by the commission that accredits it.

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