“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.
“The University is taking this extremely seriously.”
Wheelan said in light of UNC’s implemented reforms, it’s unlikely that the commission will send another special committee to campus to investigate as it did last time.
The deadline for UNC’s response is after the commission’s winter meetings the first week of December. The commission acts twice a year and will consider the case and decide on any action taken against UNC in June, Wheelan said. If the University loses accreditation, it will lose all federal financial aid — which more than half of UNC students receive.
UNC spokesman Rick White said UNC expected the letter and will cooperate with the commission’s request.
The letter also asked Folt to explain how UNC is following one of its core requirements, that degree programs require a “coherent course of study.” It specifically asked about current program content in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, which replaced the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the center of Wainstein’s report on academic fraud.
“Core Requirements are basic, broad-based, foundational requirements that an institution must meet to be accredited,” the commission’s principles of accreditation reads.
The commission also asked for information including how UNC evaluates faculty, protects confidential student records, protects academic freedom, enforces credit hour requirements and maintains control of its athletics.