No criminal charges against key staffer in UNC academic scandal

March 4, 2014 1:24:38 PM PST
No criminal charges will be filed against Deborah Crowder as a result of the SBI investigation into academic improprieties that occurred in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Crowder, the former African and Afro-American Studies Department Manager, has cooperated with the criminal investigation and has agreed to continue cooperating with the district attorney's office.

Crowder has also agreed to cooperate fully and completely with the independent investigation being conducted by Kenneth Wainstein into athletic and academic issues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"Debby looks forward to providing Mr. Wainstein her full and complete cooperation and will answer any and all questions that he may have for her," said Crowder's attorney Brian Vick. "She believes that it is important for the full and unvarnished truth to come out and intends to provide Mr. Wainstein with as much knowledge as she has about the independent study classes that were offered during her tenure with the Department of African and Afro-Studies at UNC."

Crowder had been accused of creating some of the no-show classes, and even helping athletes sign-up for them and submitting grades on behalf of students.

The criminal probe is now solely focused on Crowder's former boss Julius Nyang'oro, who has denied any wrongdoing.

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