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UNC trustees hear about academic fraud case

Associated Press Modified: May 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: May 24, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wondered aloud Thursday how courses with little or no supervision from professors could have continued for years before building into a case of academic fraud.

Campus trustees were briefed on the fraud uncovered in the school's African and Afro-American Studies program, which was at the center of an investigation involving Tar Heel football players, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ( ).

A university report released earlier this month found 54 classes within the department in which there was little or no indication of instruction. The review also found cases of unauthorized grade changes.

The State Bureau of Investigation is probing the situation to determine whether any criminal violations occurred.

Trustee chairman Wade Hargrove said the report describing the university's internal investigation found "major indiscretions that raise serious questions of unprofessional and unethical conduct."

Problems were mostly linked to two employees, the report said. Julius Nyang'oro, a professor and former department chairman, is retiring effective July 1. Nyang'oro resigned as chairman in August after he was linked to a class in which former football player Michael McAdoo wrote a research paper that later led to accusations of plagiarism.

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