NCAA: No Academic Violations at UNC

NCAA: No Academic Violations at UNC

"The panel is troubled by the university's shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus". "Since 2014, the NCAA membership has acknowledged the question whether academic fraud occurred is one appropriately answered by institutions based on their own academic policies".

A Division I Committee on Infractions hearing panel could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules when it made available deficient Department of African and Afro-American Studies "paper courses" to the general student body, including student-athletes.

The infractions panel is chaired by Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and includes former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

It was alleged that at least 50% of the student athletes in those two sports were given credit for "paper courses", that did not really exist.

Colleges have set up a system where they require athletes to exchange financial compensation for an education, but in many cases, that education is treated as secondary, much less important than winning games and maintaining eligibility.

When athletics academic counselors exploit "special arrangement" classes for student-athletes in ways unintended by and contrary to the bylaws, it is the NCAA's business.

According to the report, the infractions panel could not conclude academic violations in the North Carolina case. "Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes". The football program received a one-year postseason ban, lost 15 scholarships over a three-year period and also was forced to vacate 15 wins in March of 2012.

That case followed sanctions imposed on the UNC football team after a 2010 investigation, and since reopening the investigation in 2014, the NCAA has revised charges against the university's athletic department multiple times.

Athletics are of tremendous importance to Chapel Hill.

"We put them in classes that met degree requirements in which. they didn't go to class. they didn't have to take notes, have to stay awake. they didn't have to meet with professors. they didn't have to pay attention or necessarily engage with the material", the presentation said.

Rest easy, Tar Heels.

UNC has challenged the NCAA's jurisdiction, saying its accreditation agency - which sanctioned the school with a year of probation - was the proper authority and that the NCAA was overreaching in what should be an academic matter.

It's a long-awaited step for both the school and NCAA. You're darned right. But there were no allegations against men's basketball.

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