UNC calls in former governor to assist in academic fraud probeBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 9:50 PM EDT
University of North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp announced Thursday that former North Carolina governor James G. Martin will lead an independent review of academic irregularities that may have occurred before 2007, ESPN.com reported. Thorp is addressing an academic scandal regarding the school's Afro and African-American Studies and athletics departments. Martin will be assisted by will assisted by Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP, a national management consulting firm. "We've got so much to be proud of at Carolina," Thorp told ESPN.com, "and we've got to reassure people that we're taking care of this situation, and position athletics and the University and everybody in the Carolina family to move forward." UNC officials had said in May they had begun an internal probe that found that 54 AFAM classes were either "aberrant" or "irregularly" taught from summer 2007 to summer 2011. Unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class participation were among the findings. More than 50 percent of the students in those suspect classes were athletes. A subsequent report suggested that academic counselors for the athletes may have directed the athletes to take those classes. Last weekend, what appears to be a partial transcript of former two-sport North Carolina star Julius Peppers was revealed on a North Carolina State message board. The low grades and class choices on that transcript suggested the academic problem may have begun earlier than first thought. University officials have placed the blame for the scandal on two people -- Julius Nyang'oro, former chairman of the department who was forced to retire, and Deborah Crowder, a former department manager who retired in 2009.
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