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UNC probe finds fraud in academic department

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - An internal review at North Carolina has found academic fraud and poor oversight within an academic department linked to an NCAA investigation of the football program.

The report released Friday cites 52 courses in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies from the summer 2007 and summer 2009 terms.

The report says there was "no evidence" a faculty member listed as the instructor "actually supervised the course and graded the work" in nine courses. In 43 others, instructors graded work but "engaged in limited or no classroom ... contact with students."

The report also cited unauthorized grade changes.

But the report found no evidence of students receiving grades without submitting written work or student-athletes receiving favorable treatment.

The department's former chairman is retiring from the university in July.

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