UNC explaining academic scandal

August 30, 2012 9:49:52 AM PDT
A meeting involving the academic integrity of UNC Chapel Hill revealed changes the school is making following embarrassing revelations.

Thursday morning, the Board of Governor's academic review panel met to probe questionable classes in the African, Afro-American Studies program filled with athletes -- many who had little or no instruction.

"We have reorganized the academic support program for student athletes and Graduate School Dean Steve Mattson is conducting a national search for a new director of the program," Chancellor Holden Thorp said.

He went on to talk about the many changes the university is making, including helping student athletes transitioning from high school.

School leaders also announced more accountability within departments, faculty, and staff.

"Nothing is more important than restoring confidence in this university that we all love," Thorp said.

He also addressed the recent mistake of former UNC football star Julius Peppers 'published transcript.

"The recent exposure of a version of Julius Peppers' transcript and publication was extremely troubling," Thorp said. "The school takes very seriously the obligation to protect student's academic records."

The university said in 2001, a staffer was creating a test record for an old information system and Peppers' record was copied to test various functions.

They said it was all on a secure server until a technology migration in 2007, and it was mistakenly moved to an unsecured directory. It was discovered through targeted searches, according to the school.

UNC apologized to Peppers and said one staffer was disciplined, while the other one had already "left the university."

They said there are a lot more changes on the way.

In the meantime, effective July 1, 2013, the African, Afro-American Studies program will be referred to as African, African American and Diaspora Studies.

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