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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill want to know how courses with little or no supervision from professors could have continued for years before building into a case of academic fraud.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the trustees were briefed Thursday on the fraud uncovered in the school’s African and Afro-American Studies program. The program was at the center of an investigation involving Tar Heel football players.

The State Bureau of Investigation is probing the situation to determine whether any criminal violations occurred.

A report this month revealed 54 classes within the department had little or no indication of teaching. The review also found at least 10 cases of unauthorized grade changes involving students who did not complete their work.

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