New Panel Will Look Into Academic-Fraud Scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill

Another panel has been named to look into an academic-fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to determine whether a practice that steered athletes into no-show classes and poorly supervised independent studies goes back beyond the four-year period previously examined, The News & Observer, a newspaper in Raleigh, reported. The campus’s chancellor, Holden Thorp, announced on Thursday that the new review would be led by a former North Carolina governor, Jim Martin, with assistance from the management-consulting firm Virchow, Krause & Company.

An earlier review covering the years 2007 through 2011 found that more than 50 courses in the department of African and Afro-American studies had featured no-show professors, unauthorized grade changes, and other examples of academic fraud. A recently published document that appears to be a former star athlete’s transcript suggests that the suspect courses may go as far back as the late 1990s, the Raleigh newspaper said.

In other steps announced on Thursday, Mr. Thorp said that the university would put in place all of the recommendations of the four previous campus reviews, and that, after the new review is complete, Hunter R. Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, would assist the campus in an analysis of the relationship between athletics and the university’s academic mission, and in finding ways to improve it.

“Our focus every day remains on fixing the problems and ensuring they never happen again,” Mr. Thorp said.

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