A smattering of supplemental courses might be all that’s left for the University in its ongoing battle to rid itself of an academic scandal that has been unraveling since 2010 — as soon as it begins to implement them.
The courses are part of the University’s new plan that could involve bringing nearly 400 current and former students back to class in order to repair the academic integrity of their degrees, issued from the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.
UNC’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, told the University June 20 that it will not receive a sanction for past academic irregularities.
Instead, the agency opted to monitor the University for one year as it moves forward with the proposals it submitted to the agency — plans that include offering optional courses to alumni and mandatory courses to current students who received academic credit for fraudulent courses. The plans also include provisions to ensure that steps have been taken to prevent irregular courses in the future.