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No violations found in University of North Carolina sham-class probe: NCAA

13 October, 2017, 19:42 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • UNC receives report from NCAA on academic scandal

So UNC gets no punishment.

"Although troubled by these disclosures, the panel does not elevate the conduct to violations of NCAA legislation". What the panel found was two violations: "the former department chair and a former curriculum secretary failed to cooperate during the investigation".

"While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called "paper courses" offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were exclusively created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes", said Greg Sankey, the Committee on Infractions panel's chief hearing officer in a statement.

In a report released on Friday morning, UNC was cleared of wrongdoing by the NCAA in an academic scandal that lasted more than 18 years, with more than 3,100 students enrolling in bogus classes in the African and Afro-American Studies department.

"A singular principle allowed UNC room to make its claims and, ultimately, limits the panel's ability to conclude that academic fraud occurred", the Public Infractions Decision said.

Some assumed the NCAA wouldn't tackle this issue because some version of that occurs at all schools, although it has never been publicly brought to light like at North Carolina.

"Based on the general availability and the lack of specific examples, the panel can not conclude a systemic effort to impermissibly benefit student-athletes", it said.

According to a university-commissioned investigation, North Carolina had for almost two decades offered a "shadow curriculum" of fake classes into which athletes were steered.

The allegations included a lack of institutional control, failure to monitor, and extra benefits in association with the courses. They were identified as lecture classes, but the classes didn't actually meet.

Rest easy, Tar Heels. The football program received a one-year postseason ban, lost 15 scholarships over a three-year period and also was forced to vacate 15 wins in March of 2012. Initially, they were considered improper benefits - access to courses and assistance in those courses not available to regular students - but that charge was removed in the second NOA only to be refiled in the third.

The university had challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction in the matter, saying it was an academic issue.

At UNC - much like athletes need a certain minimum GPA to remain eligible to compete - each Greek house needs to achieve an overall minimum GPA among its members to maintain university recognition and stay on campus.

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