Since the release of the Wainstein report, professor Tim McMillan’s students have said they’re disappointed with the findings and that he had to leave because of his involvement.
When junior Dasha Shaw first read that McMillan, a senior lecturer in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, would not return, she lamented that future students would miss out on a great opportunity.
“I felt kind of sad,” Shaw said. “I don’t know everything about what happened but I do know he helped me a lot.”
McMillan resigned after Wainstein reported that his signature was on grade sheets for several of the known paper classes that former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro and former secretary Deborah Crowder created to keep student-athletes eligible.
“I don’t know why (my signature) is there,” the report said McMillan told Wainstein. “But it is there.”
Junior Brittany Desgages took “Blacks in North Carolina” and “Remembering Race and Slavery” with McMillan in the fall semester. When Desgages heard about McMillan’s resignation, she said she was upset and angry.
“It wasn’t surprising (AAAD) took the brunt of the hit because the department has always been belittled,” she said. “It just exemplifies how devalued black studies is at the University.”
McMillan also helped to grade papers for Crowder’s paper classes and worked closely with Crowder throughout the period of academic fraud, according to the Wainstein report. The report said he had “the clearest opportunity to learn about these classes.”
McMillan could not be reached for comment for this story.