Academic Fraud

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The News & Observer may have uncovered a new figure in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill academic scandal. News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane, who has been digging into the story for more than five years, says new questions have emerged about whether an academic aide with UNC basketball may have been involved.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Kane about the latest. Jonathan Jones, director of the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government...

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The NCAA and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are at loggerheads over the ongoing investigation into academic fraud at the university. Recent correspondence between the two organizations, obtained by the News and Observer , shows the sports association no longer considers the university a partner in the investigation into fake classes targeted at student athletes.

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The academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina dominated headlines for years. Allegations of paper classes and inappropriate assistance to student-athletes prompted internal and external investigations. And newly released correspondence shows what was going on behind-the-scenes in the midst of revelations about academic fraud. News and Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane takes a look back at the events and the administration's response in a series called Carolina's...

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This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired earlier this year. College athletics programs are under a lot of pressure to make money for their schools. That means, among other things, keeping players academically eligible. The scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill is one example. An investigator there found that over the course of 18 years, nearly 3,000 students took classes that did not require them to show up. About half were student athletes, and the report pointed the blame at a few administrators ....

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today it has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. It is the second set of allegations UNC has received in the past five years. The NCAA reopened its examination into academic irregularities at UNC last year. The notice is expected to outline allegations of fraudulent classes taken by student-athletes at the university. Last fall, Kenneth Wainstein released a separate investigatio n into UNC's irregular classes. His report...

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College athletics programs are under a lot of pressure to make money for their schools. That means, among other things, keeping players academically eligible. The scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill is one example. An investigator there found that over the course of 18 years, nearly 3,000 students took classes that did not require them to show up. About half were student athletes, and the report pointed the blame at a few administrators . But that turns out to be just one of the ways to keep college...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Findings of a massive cheating scheme spanning almost two decades rocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in October. And the aftershocks are still ongoing. Yesterday, we learned the names of the four UNC employees that have resigned, been fired or are in the process of being fired in the wake of the scandal. One of the four is a former faculty leader. Joining me on the line is...

A group of faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pursuing the idea of a new ethics policy. At a Faculty Executive Committee meeting Monday, epidemiology professor Jim Thomas proposed developing a comprehensive ethics policy for the university as a whole. Thomas says he first suggested the idea a decade ago, but the recent scandal involving sham classes has allowed the proposal to gain traction.

"I think the University is going through and identity crisis,...

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A regional accrediting agency is launching another probe into UNC-Chapel Hill's academic fraud scandal. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is reviewing the findings of the independent Wainstein Report . That document showed that more than 3,000 students were enrolled in no-show classes and bogus independent studies. SACSCOC closely monitored UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 , after the first evidence of an academic scandal surfaced. SACSCOC President Belle Wheelan...

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Now a conversation with UNC's Chancellor Carol Folt. I began asking by her about the accusation you just heard - that this report is a whitewash. CHANCELLOR CAROL FOLT: The Wainstein report would hardly be considered a whitewash since it was the actual report that identified for the first time that 18-year history and has actually given us the grounds to take actions that haven't already been put in...

Fake classes, inflated grades and one academic department that facilitated it all. Those are all detailed in a newly released report on grade-fixing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The scandal came to light in 2011, but the report out Wednesday offers the most wide-sweeping look yet at how some school staff members boosted the grades of more than 3,000 students — nearly half of them athletes — over nearly 20 years. The 131-page report centers on two people in the school's...

From 1993 to 2011, more than 3,000 students at UNC-Chapel Hill took classes that did not require them to show up. They were told only to submit a final paper, and they got artificially inflated grades. Nearly half were student-athletes who benefitted from the classes by remaining eligible to play. Those findings were released Wednesday from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who had been commissioned by the university to investigate academic fraud. The report points much of the...

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On Wednesday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina. WUNC's Jeff Tiberii was at the press conference. Here are his tweets, along with some others (most recent tweet first): [ View the story "Investigation Into Academic Fraud At UNC" on Storify ]

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Update Thursday 9:04 a.m.: Kenneth Wainstein says academic fraud at UNC Chapel Hill began more than 20 years ago. The former federal prosecutor detailed the findings of his eight-month investigation Wednesday. It’s the latest in a series of investigations that marks one of the worst scandals in the school’s 225-year history. Kenneth Wainstein led a team of attorneys that came to that conclusion after the review of thousands of documents, transcripts, and emails. They looked at 150 papers from...

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On Saturday UNC Chapel Hill inducted its first female chancellor, Carol Folt . The former Dartmouth professor takes the reins during a pivotal time at the university. Academic fraud allegations , controversy over the institutions response to sexual assaults on campus and a looming budget crisis provide significant challenges for Folts first year. Host Frank Stasio speaks to Chancellor Folt about her background, vision and plans for the university.

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A second indictment has come out in the UNC football scandal. Georgia based sports agent Terry Watson was in Orange County Court Wednesday. He is alleged to have provided improper benefits to former UNC football players with the hope of later signing them as clients. Documents allege Watson funneled more than 18-thousand dollars to wide receiver Greg Little and gave cash and gifts to defensive lineman Marvin Austin. The agent is charged with 13 counts of athlete-agent inducement a felony,...

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Holden Thorp will serve as provost at Washington University in Saint Louis after he steps down as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill. Thorp announced the move in a campus-wide e-mail Monday morning. Thorp had said he would stay at UNC to teach and conduct research in the chemistry department, but he says the new position will allow him to return to teaching and research while keeping administrative duties. Thorp has been chancellor at UNC for five years. The school has been in the middle of a...

A UNC Board of Governors panel says it agrees with most of the findings from an earlier investigation of academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill.

An academic department at UNC-Chapel Hill is under fire after a scathing internal report discovered numerous no-show classes and grade changes from 2007 to 2009. Dave DeWitt: Thousands of students take classes every year in the African and Afro-American Studies Department. The vast majority of those classes are like any other at UNC. But in more than 50 of them, offered in the summers between 2007 and 2009, grades were changed, students never met for class, and faculty did not adequately...