UNC to deliver report on academic fraud probe this week

Monday October 20th, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release its report into academic fraud involving the university's athletes on Wednesday, the News & Observer reported on Monday.

The report, eight months in the making, will be presented by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein to the university's board of trustees and board of Governors in a partially closed meeting on Wednesday morning. Afterwards, Wainstein -- who is currently a partner at law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft -- will release his findings publicly.

According to a press release from the school, UNC President Tom Ross and Chancellor Carol L. Folt will join Wainstein's press conference, sharing their reactions and answering questions from the media.

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The Wainstein report is the third attempt by the university to uncover an academic scandal dating back to the 1990s. The report consists of interviews and records analysis performed by Wainstein and a team of attorneys.

Allegedly, a number of lecture-style classes that never met were offered to students, who were usually told to submit papers at the end of the semester.

Former UNC athletes, such as Julius Peppers and Rashad McCants, have been tied to the fraudulent classes.

According to the News & Observer, athlete enrollment was disproportionately high, however earlier investigations found there was no scandal as non-athletes were also taking the classes in question.

Wainstein said this summer that his team had interviewed over 80 people and compiled more than 1.5 million documents, as well as academic records dating back to the 1980s.

The fraud has been attributed to two people, Julius Nyang'oro, the former chairman of the university's African and Afro-American Studies Department, and his longtime department manager, Deborah Crowder.

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Neither is still with the university. Both are cooperating with the investigation.

- Christopher Woody

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