According to an official report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein released Wednesday, there was more academic fraud than previously reported by the NCAA or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Athletes involved in the academic fraud number in the thousands and Wainstein’s report spotlights the depth and scope of what transpired at UNC from 1993-2011.
Today, Ken Wainstein announced the findings of his independent investigation at UNC. To read the report, visit http://t.co/okXWQA6nzz— UNC-Chapel Hill (@UNC) October 22, 2014
Here’s 8 fast facts on UNC’s academic fraud scandal:
1. At least 9 university employees have been fired or are under review.
2. Most of the athletes involved were members of the basketball or football teams.
3. UNC’s basketball program won 3 titles during the years of the scandal (1993, 2005, 2009).
4. Roughly 3,100 students enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for.
5. These classes have become known as the “shadow curriculum” and were part of the Afro-American Studies department from 1993-2011.
6. At the center of the scandal are former department chair Julius Nyang’oro and retired office administrator Deborah Crowder, who started the classes to help struggling athletes.
7. Certain courses only required one research paper and high scores were given regardless of quality of work.
8. Guidance counselors were recommending these courses to struggling athletes to remain eligible to play.
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