NCAA: No Academic Violations at UNC

Ross Houston
October 13, 2017

However, NCAA policy is clear.

"The panel can not conclude that extra benefit violations occurred surrounding the offering or managing of the courses as alleged".

While the NCAA argued that the courses were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible, the university countered that the irregular courses were available to all students. However, the investigation was focused from 2002-11.

Since 2014, investigators have been looking into a course, which was formerly called African and Afro-American Studies. The NCAA responded that since the academics in question involved student athletes, it had full authority in the matter. The panel noted the former secretary credibly explained during the hearing that she treated all students the same.

The NCAA's report said it could not prove that the institution offered these courses only to athletes. "Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes".

UNC fans cheer at a Tar Heels basketball game.

Beyond that, the NCAA also determined that the paper classes were not impermissible benefits.

One major allegation was that UNC lacked institutional control, but the NCAA said it was not able to make that finding.

The only penalties levied were a three-year "show cause" placed on former UNC department chair Jan Boxill and a reprimand for AFAM secretary Debra Crowder - neither of whom are affiliated with the university anymore.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions said it "could not conclude North Carolina violated NCAA rules". Men's basketball coach Roy Williams, women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and football coach Larry Fedora, in addition to athletic director Bubba Cunningham and chancellor Carol Folt - were all in attendance.

The NCAA was unable to determine whether or not academic fraud occurred at North Carolina due to an NCAA principle that states that individual member schools are responsible for policing themselves. The basketball program won two NCAA championships during that time period.

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