Police Want Wider Probe Into Academic Fraud At U Of North Carolina

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A prosecutor and university police have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into a program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in which a school review already has found academic fraud.  

Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall said he asked the SBI on Friday to investigate the university's African and Afro-American Studies program, which was at the center of an investigation into academic fraud involving Tar Heel football players.  

A university report released earlier this month found 54 department classes that had little or no indication of instruction along with at least 10 cases of unauthorized grade changes for students who did not do all the work. The report said there was "no evidence" a faculty member listed as the instructor "actually supervised the course and graded the work" in nine courses. In 43 others, the instructor provided assignments and graded work but "engaged in limited or no classroom or other instructional contact with students."  

Woodall said he asked for the SBI investigation because he thought there were enough flags in UNC's report to indicate payment for classes that were never taught. The university said Monday its public safety department also contacted the SBI on Friday. 

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