“The largest source of referrals for non-athlete students — besides word-of-mouth — was the fraternity network on campus,” Wainstein said in the report.
Wainstein and his team found 729 enrollments by members of the Greek system in paper classes from 1999 to 2011. At one point, there were so many Greek community members in paper classes that Deborah Crowder, the former administrator in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies who created the paper class scheme, became worried she was providing paper classes to students who were “looking for a ‘slack’ class” rather than students who she thought were in need of an academic boost.
Kenan Drum, president of the UNC Interfraternity Council, said he was not concerned about the report’s findings.
“Frankly, I think the allegations are egregiously generalized and overblown,” Drum said. “When you crunch the numbers, it’s comparable to the rest of the student body. There is nothing remarkable about members of the Greek system taking these classes.”
Drum said there were 13,000 IFC members over the 10-year period specified in the report. He used this number to come up with his own estimation of IFC’s involvement in the academic scandal and concluded that only a small percentage of IFC members could have taken one of the paper classes.
Wainstein estimated that 3,100 students enrolled in paper classes in the 18 years they were offered — less than one percent of the total student body during that time.