North Carolina has released the NCAA's Notice of Allegations stemming from an investigation of academic irregularities at the school.
The NCAA said that its enforcement staff feels four of the five allegations constitute Level I violations, which are classified as severe breaches of conduct. The fifth allegation, regarding lack of institutional control, could also be classified as Level I. The other violations include unethical conduct and extra benefits.
The first allegation stems from impermissible benefits.
"It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student athletes that were not generally available to the student body," the notice reads.
Allegation No. 2 states that women's basketball athletic academic counselor Jan Boxill "added content to multiple players' incomplete papers," while Allegation No. 3 says that the school's former African and Afro-American Studies student services manager failed to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.
Allegation No. 4 states that the chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department failed to cooperate with the NCAA's investigation. Allegation No. 5 says that North Carolina failed to "effectively monitor the activities of rogue faculty," constituting a lack of institutional control.
UNC announced last month that it had received the NCAA's Notice of Allegations.
The NCAA indicated last June that it would reopen its 2011 investigation of academic irregularities at North Carolina after it determined that "additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might be willing to speak with the enforcement staff.”
Last October, North Carolina released a report compiled by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein following his investigation into the academic irregularities. The report detailed how academic officials created "paper classes" in which students were given good grades with "little regard" for the quality of their work.
The report found that the fraud spanned 18 years and involved roughly 1,500 athletes.
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