Sport UNC has paid $21M to defend themselves amidst academic scandal allegations

06:05  11 august  2018
06:05  11 august  2018 Source:   thecomeback.com

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The scandal was so serious that the university ’s accreditation body briefly placed the university on probation. “If ever there was a case of academic fraud, North Carolina would have to be the poster child — the longevity and the outrageous behavior to keep athletes eligible through systematic fraud

The University of North Carolina academic -athletic scandal is a controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty committed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC )

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The legal bills for the University of North Carolina’s defense of a wide-ranging academic scandal have now reached $21 million, according to a report from The News & Observer.

It’s important to note that these costs aren’t just related to legal fees – they also include costs related to public relations and investigations into the allegations. The counter on the costs began in 2012, starting with an investigation launched by ex-North Carolina governor Jim Martin.

The legal, public relations and investigative bills cover several aspects of the university’s handling of the situation involving 18 years of classes that had no instruction and only required a term paper or two that drew high grades. Nearly 190 of those classes were listed as lecture-style classes in university publications; hundreds more were listed as independent studies.

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North Carolina academic scandal : UNC releases Notice of Allegations , which highlights issues with the 'NCAA Collegiate Model.' The facts have been clear for a while: For 18 years, UNC offered sham classes that were attended by The NOA doesn’t focus on the legitimacy of the classes themselves

The end of the North Carolina academic scandal appears to be mercifully close, and the result will be the one we all should have seen coming. The allegations were made public by the school on Thursday, and UNC now has until Aug.

Deborah Crowder, a former administrative aide in the African and Afro-American Studies department, created and graded most of the classes. When she retired in 2009, academic counselors for the football team requested her boss, department chairman Julius Nyang’oro, continue them, which he did until The N&O’s reporting exposed the classes in 2011.

The investigation into the scandal surrounding Crowder and Nyang’oro, led by former Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein, ended up costing the school $3 million. According to The News & Observer, the costs aren’t expected to increase much more than the current tab because of the NCAA’s decision not to sanction UNC and because a trio of lawsuits were dismissed.

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The investigation stemmed from allegations that UNC had a system in which students took an African Studies course that never met, had little instruction, and required only one paper that Ultimately, UNC said the academic scandal fell short of its standards but did not constitute academic fraud.

UNC Academic Scandal . They hold the power and don't have much need to defend themselves or their past statements or actions at this stage Other issues facing the school's football program include allegations against 21 staff members, cash payments , merchandise gifts, and other improper benefits.

But the NCAA, after three rounds of charging documents and a special hearing on jurisdictional issues that spanned three years, only found violations against Nyang’oro and Crowder for a lack of cooperation with its investigation. The NCAA’s infractions committee said it could not sanction UNC for impermissible benefits because evidence showed they weren’t made strictly available to athletes.

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The infractions committee also said it could not pursue an academic fraud bylaw violation because NCAA rules give universities the right to determine whether fraud occurred on campus. UNC told the committee the classes were legitimate at the time they were offered, but not after subsequent reforms.

The university also fought off lawsuits by former athletes who claimed they received shoddy educations. State and federal judges turned back three lawsuits.

On the bright side from all this, the school claims that none of the money used to defend themselves came from tuition or state appropriations.

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UNC academic scandal explained. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams talks about the allegations against UNC during press conference Sunday, April 2, 2017, before the UNC General Counsel Mark Merritt defended the legitimacy of the classes, in response to a reporter’s question.

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[The News & Observer]

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