Former Missouri tutor says she took courses for student-athletes
Missouri says it is reviewing allegations of possible academic rules violations made by a former tutor in the athletic department.
Director of athletics Jim Sterk says the university's "mission is to uphold the highest standard of academic performance and ensure the proper conduct with all of our programs."
Former tutor Yolanda Kumar came forward to say that she took courses for student-athletes, and shared her story on Facebook.
“I have knowingly participated in academic dishonesty in my position as a tutor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Athletic department, which is not limited to assistance with assignments,” she wrote. “I had taken and assisted with entrance assessment, completed entire courses, and I been present (sic) to provide assistance with online assessments. It was encouraged, promoted, and supported by at least two Academic Coordinators for athletes in revenue generating sports, however, the wide spread (sic) desperation to succeed by other student athletes at the bottom of an inverted pyramid of the organization’s construct cross multiple sports.
“I self-reported on November 2 and naively wanted to close the door on the manner after seeking counsel. I immediately resigned from my position on November 7 prior to meeting with a member for compliance, general counsel, and an individual that reports to the chancellor. You are able to see this post because I respect and honor your thoughts of me. I wanted you to hear it from me first. I apologize for disappointing you. I just cant carry this burden anymore.”
The university’s announcement comes 10 months after self-imposing sanctions on its men’s basketball program related to a fake internship program and impermissible benefits received by players and families.
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