This Aug. 12, 2010 file photo shows North Carolina Athletic Director Dick Baddour making a statement regarding the NCAA's investigation into North Carolina's football program. The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with
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November 04, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The University of North Carolina faces more scrutiny by an accrediting agency after details emerged on an academic scandal.

The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/10R5zWw ) reported that the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges said the school is being sent a letter about a new investigation.

Belle Wheelan said the new investigation will focus on the findings of an Oct. 22 independent review that found nearly two decades of academic fraud.

That investigation found hundreds of fake independent studies and no-show classes in African and African-American Studies taken by more than 3,100 students, about half of them athletes.

The review by the accrediting agency is expected to last for months. No decision by the agency's board is expected until June.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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