The third UNC Notice of Allegations involving the long-running academic scandal has been released by the school.
After the second version of these allegations cited the women's basketball program in most of the wrongdoing, this new notice goes hard after the football and men's basketball programs for taking advantage of "anomalous" African and Afro-American Studies courses.
The notice stats that the courses were publicized as lecture courses, but rarely met, and awarded "artificially high grades" to students. Enrollment of football and men's basketball players in these courses were found to be disproportionately high. The News & Observer UNC writer Andrew Carter pulled the key line that ropes the two revenue programs back into the scandal, after they were absent from the second Notice of Allegations.
The Notice of Allegations also features the ominous "failure to exercise institutional control" and "failure to monitor" language that is cited in the most severe NCAA penalties levied in recent years. From the section on Allegation No. 5:
"It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that from the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution failed to exercise institutional control and failed to monitor the conduct and administration of its athletics programs."
According to an October 2014 report by U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein, 3,100 UNC students took the "paper classes," with nearly half being student athletes.
Over the 18 years these classes existed, Crowder and Nyang’oro were responsible for offering 188 different lecture classes as well as hundreds of individual independent studies in the “paper class” format – with no class attendance or faculty involvement, and with Crowder managing the class and liberally grading the papers. Through this scheme, over 3,100 students received one or more semesters of deficient instruction and were awarded high grades that often had little relationship to the quality of their work.
Student-athletes accounted for a disproportionately high percentage of enrollments in the AFAM paper classes. Of the identifiable enrollments in the lecture paper classes, 47.4% were student-athletes, even though studentathletes make up just over 4% of the Chapel Hill undergraduate student body. Of those student-athlete enrollments, 50.9% were football players, 4 12.2% were men’s basketball players, 6.1% were women’s basketball players, and 30.6% were Olympic and other sport athletes.
We'll continue to update as more comes out about this never-ending UNC saga.