Accrediting body: Academic fraud nets UNC 1-year probation

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – An accreditation agency important to colleges receiving federal funds placed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on probation for a year over its academic fraud scandal.

The board of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges decided Thursday to sanction the country’s oldest public university over failing to comply with several key operating principals including integrity and control of intercollegiate athletics.

The agency acted after learning last fall the broad scope of fake classes and artificially high grades in one academic department. A report revealed that the fake classes in the African studies department had gone on for nearly two decades. About half the 3,100 students in the classes were athletes.

Chancellor Carol Folt says campus officials are working hard to prove reforms are in place.

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