North Carolina Releases Wainstein Report on Academic Scandal
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released the report on its latest investigation into alleged academic fraud on Wednesday.
The report details how a lack of oversight allowed Department of African and Afro-American Studies administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang’oro to create so-called “paper classes.” In these classes, students received high grades with “little regard” for the quality of their work.
Nyang’oro and Crowder have been implicated in previous probes into the situation for steering athletes into the aforementioned classes, an issue that was found by a 2012 probe to have dated to the 1990s. This latest investigation was conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein at the request of the university.
While Wainstein’s report still places most of the blame for the fraud in the department at Nyang’oro and Crowder, it points to the surrounding culture at North Carolina for allowing it to happen. Wainstein…
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