Phony Black Studies Classes at UNC

by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor on July 30, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, a major scandal is raging at UNC, where the former chair of the African-American studies department was revealed to be running phony classes for football players, which required little or no academic work. The scandal calls into question both the low standards to which high-profile athletes were being held, as well as the academic integrity of the African-American Studies under former chairman Julius Nyang’oro, who has retired since the scandal became public.

The scandal also calls into question whether UNC was applying proper oversight and accountability for the academic programs in its African-American Studies department.

The Daily Tar Heel has published a helpful timeline, showing how the scandal evolved from an initial investigation into a single student’s academic record, to a full review of the football program and the Af-Am Studies department.

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