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- Friday’s report also said:
♦ Athletes and non-athletes alike in the 172 suspect classes enjoyed high grades. Athletes earned grade-point averages of 3.56 while non-athletes had a combined GPA of 3.63, with both scores representing a solid B grade.
♦ Athletes did enroll in some African studies courses more heavily than others, but that was in part because they were only able to take classes at times that didn’t conflict with practices and games.
♦ Out of 32 class offerings in which academic misconduct had been identified, seven were filled with current and former athletes but nine others were filled with non-athletes, the report said.
Martin’s investigation reported that the academic fraud beginning in 1997 was confined to the school’s African studies department and was the result of wrongdoing by the former chairman and a department administrator. An earlier probe found irregularities in the department dating from 2007.
♦ Martin’s probe was launched after the disclosure of the academic transcript of former UNC-Chapel Hill football star and basketball player Julius Peppers. Peppers, who left the university in 2002 to enter the NFL, earned Bs or better in African studies classes but poor grades in many of his other classes.
♦ State Bureau of Investigation agents are continuing their criminal investigation in consultation with a local prosecutor who wants to know whether the university was defrauded for teaching that wasn’t delivered.
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 10:21 pm
Updated: 8:33 pm, Sat Apr 26, 2014.
CHAPEL HILL — Despite skepticism that met a former governor’s findings last month, athletes weren't the main beneficiaries of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a consultant who looked further into the data said Friday.
An addendum to last month’s report of an investigation led by former Gov. Jim Martin said there’s no evidence student-athletes gained more than others from dozens of courses in the university’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies where instructors did not teach, grades were changed and grade reports were faked over more than a decade.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 10:21 pm.
Updated: 8:33 pm.