The University will have until Jan. 7 — the first day of class after the holidays — to send a report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges explaining how it follows the principle of integrity, 12 of the commission’s “comprehensive standards” for colleges, one of its core requirements and four federal requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education.
The letter illustrates what academic policies the commission will focus on in its review. In addition, the commission asked UNC to defend its adherence to the commission’s first rule, that “the institution operates with integrity in all matters.”
Belle Wheelan, the commission’s president, said the Wainstein report revealed that some UNC staff were not entirely honest when the commission sent a special committee to UNC in April 2013.
“According to the report, there were more people who knew about (the fraud) but were not forthcoming when the last response was made,” Wheelan said.
The letter, signed by Cheryl Cardell, the commission’s vice president, said UNC failed to diligently collect and provide information to the commission when it last reviewed UNC in 2013.
“It appears the that the institution may have had information that was not shared during the course of the Commission’s Special Committee review,” the letter read.
Wheelan, however, commended UNC’s current administration cooperation.