Evidence suggests that a report outlining the investigation into academic fraud in the University of New york Chapel Hill was \”watered down\” in order to decrease the odds that the National Collegiate Athletic Association would impose sanctions on the school’s storied athletic programs. The scandal, and also the investigation underlying the report has spanned at least a year, brought down UNC’s then-Chancellor and included a public leak of the student’s entire transcript.
The latest chapter isn\’t any less sordid. Based on the Winston-Salem Journal, prior to the report’s released on July 26th of this past year, Faculty Council Chairman Jan Boxill emailed the authors C who have been Chapel Hill faculty members C asking that they alter the area of the report that said that student athletes were being allowed to sign up for non-existent courses to be able to preserve their academic eligibility. Although expressing reservations, the three authors agreed to alter the report, and that portion, along with several others, wasn’t within the published form of the report.
Boxill wrote that the request originated from other faculty around the council\’s executive committee. \”The worry is this fact could further raise NCAA issues and that is not the intention,\” she said in the email.
As the elected faculty leader, Boxill is one of UNC\’s top academic officials. Rewriting a sentence that carried the suggestion of the athletic motive behind the scandal shouldn\’t be the mission of a faculty, said the writer of a book on college athletic scandals.
\”The faculty committee should not anticipate the crowd or implications, but instead fulfill the charge they undertook,\” said John Thelin, instruction professor at the University of Kentucky and author of \”Games Colleges Play.\”
One from the loudest critics from the university’s investigation, UNC history professor Jay Smith, asserted the email justified his apprehension the school wasn\’t capable of performing a thorough, impartial investigation into allegations of academic misconduct internally. Boxill made no public statement around the situation since her emails became public however in an email message towards the News & Observer who originally broke the story, she only asserted she was passing across the suggestions made by others. She declined to get specific about who those \”others\” were.
\”The concern of (Faculty Executive Committee) members was to make sure the facts were reported correctly without implications and innuendos we were not capable of know,\” she said.
The NCAA typically doesn\’t involve itself in academic fraud cases unless there is an intent to help athletes above other students.
UNC athletics, specially the football program, continues to be embroiled in scandal for pretty much three years. The NCAA investigated improper benefits from agents and improper the aid of tutors, resulting in a one-year bowl ban, scholarship reductions, the firing of football coach Butch Davis and early retirement for athletics director Dick Baddour.