NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn, in an email to IC, said “We can confirm UNC's statement but do not have any further comment.”
The University’s release on Friday detailed how the NCAA was first notified of “potential academic issues involving student-athletes in African and Afro-American Studies courses” on Aug. 24, 2011.
NCAA investigators made several trips to Chapel Hill in the fall of 2011 to work with UNC officials in a joint review that included interviews with AFAM department faculty and staff, academic support counselors and student-athletes who taken multiple AFAM courses.
That joint review led both parties to conclude there were “no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies.”
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Gil commissioned an internal investigation into the AFAM department following that collaboration and discovered fraud and poor oversight in 54 classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011. Student-athletes represented roughly one-third of the class enrollments.
The school released a 10-page report in early May detailing the investigation’s findings. There was no evidence found of student-athletes receiving favorable treatment over other students or of students receiving grades without submitting work. There was also no information available to indicate that department personnel received any tangible benefits “beyond their standard University compensation.”
Following the release of the University’s internal investigation findings and the subsequent media fallout, University Counsel Leslie Strohm and Senior Associate Dean Jonathan Hartlyn updated the NCAA on the academic issues on Aug. 23, 2012.
According to the press release, “the NCAA staff reaffirmed to University officials that no NCAA rules appeared to have been broken.”
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