The University confirmed Wednesday that employees Jeanette "Jan" Boxill, Tim McMillan, Jaimie Lee and Beth Bridger were terminated for their involvement in the decades-long academic scandal designed to keep student-athletes eligible to play that was chronicled by Kenneth Wainstein's investigative report.
The report found that Julius Nyang’oro, the former chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies Department, and Deborah Crowder, a long-time secretary in the department and a UNC alumna, created fake classes where the only requirement was a short paper that was leniently graded by Crowder — a non-faculty employee.
Following the release of the Wainstein report in October, Chancellor Carol Folt promised nine people would face disciplinary action for their involvement in the academic scandal revealed in the $3.1 million Wainstein investigation. But citing the employees’ right to an appeal and their right to privacy, Folt never released the nature of the disciplinary action the nine would face, nor would she identify the nine employees involved — meaning some of the men and women responsible for facilitating the bogus classes could have gotten away with a simple written warning and the public would never know.
Ten media organizations, including The Daily Tar Heel, sued the University for the names of those employees facing disciplinary action in November. On Wednesday, UNC and the new organizations reached a settlement, and the University released the updated employee records for Jan Boxill, Tim McMillan, Jaimie Lee and Beth Bridger.
Boxill's termination process still pending
Boxill used her role as the academic counselor for the women’s basketball team to further perpetuate the paper class scheme. Emails showed that Boxill would suggest the grades that should be given to her players to Crowder and wrote parts of academic papers for her players, according to the supplementary documents provided with the Wainstein report.
“In light of the extraordinary circumstances underlying the longstanding and intolerable academic irregularities described in the Wainstein Report ... it is necessary to disclose that, on October 22, 2014, the University informed faculty member Jeanette Boxill, Ph.D., of an intent to terminate her employment based on evidence accompanying the report,” Folt said in a memo released today.
Boxill, the former chairwoman of the faculty and a lecturer in the ethics department, requested a hearing before the University Faculty Hearings Committee after learning of the University's intent to terminate her.
"While that process is pending, and after extensive reflection and deliberation, disclosing this information relating to Dr. Boxill is necessary to maintaining the level and quality of services Carolina provides as well as our integrity as we continue to move forward," Chancellor Folt said in the memo. "With this and all actions we take, it is our intention to be transparent and responsible, committed to excellence and integrity in everything we do."