For 18 years, UNC's academic improprieties went unnoticed by the NCAA.

An agency's oversight: How NCAA enforcement policies failed to catch scandal at UNC

One day, someone will tally up all the mail that comes into the NCAA office in Indianapolis and discover it circles the globe twice — or some other preposterous factoid. But in 2010, there was just another full inbox for an NCAA enforcement staff member to go through, with an email from Mary Willingham.


Julius Nyang’oro

Julius Nyang'oro was the chairman of the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies at UNC, a department that has been investigated by the University and is now under review by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein. 

Nyang'oro was indicted in December 2013 for obtaining $12,000 worth of property under false pretenses — for accepting the $12,000 as pay for AFAM 280, a class that never met in the summer of 2011. 

District Attorney Jim Woodall dropped the charges against Nyang'oro in July 2014 because of his cooperation with Wainstein's investigation.

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Nyang'oro no longer faces charge

The fraud charge against former Department of African and Afro-American Studies chairman Julius Nyang'oro has been dropped, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall announced in a press release on Thursday.


Nyang'oro plans to plead not guilty

Julius Nyang’oro intends to plead not guilty to obtaining property under false pretenses — a charge the former chairman of the recently renamed Department of African and Afro-American Studies was indicted for Monday. Nyang’oro made his first appearance in court Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury for obtaining $12,000 under false pretenses, a class H felony.