Professor targeted for firing in UNC academic fraud retires

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A senior professor at North Carolina’s flagship public university is the highest profile casualty in an academic fraud scandal that saw administrators helping athletes get easy grades so they could keep playing.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Thursday that philosophy professor Jan Boxill is ending her fight to hold onto her job. She was targeted for firing in October on the day that a scathing report into the cheating scandal was released.

The campus released Boxill’s letter dated Monday saying she was retiring effective two days earlier.

The October report said Boxill was an academic advisor to women’s basketball players and directed some to fake courses where they earned artificially high grades. The report says Boxill sought to influence student grades at least twice.

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