UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Fraud Scandal Revealed

Dec 20, 2012

The findings of a review of academic fraud were presented this morning to UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

Former Governor Jim Martin led the independent review. The findings reveal problems within the UNC-Chapel Hill African and Afro-American Studies department began in 1997. They involve more than 200 courses, and hundreds of students. Martin said the fraud peaked in 2007 and did not include a disproportionate amount of student athletes.

Jim Martin: "This was not an athletic scandal. This was not an athletic scandal it was an academic scandal - which is worse."

The University had announced irregularities within the department earlier this year. Some classes in the review never met. In other courses grades were changed with fake faculty signatures. Martin said the review found nothing like it in any other department.