Boxill said she served as the director of undergraduate studies for the philosophy department from 1994 to 2006. She also said she served as interim director from 2007 to 2008. Boxill said during that time, it was common practice to file all independent studies under the director’s name.
She said a number as high as 160 would include independent study courses taught by other faculty members.
A 2012 report found the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies to have followed a policy like the one Boxill described.
“It was the department’s practice to list under a single instructor of record on an official grade role multiple independent study students who were presumably taught by different instructors of supervision,” the report states. “This practice made it difficult for the review committee to determine precisely which faculty member supervised each independent study student in question.”
Provost Jim Dean commented on the philosophy independent studies in a letter announcing her discharge from the University.
"In addition to the foregoing activities connected to the AFAM paper classes, it appears that you also allowed students to be enrolled in independent study courses in the Department of Philosophy that involved minimal academic expectations and that were offered at times to accommodate student-athletes," he said.
Boxill stood by the manner in which she taught independent studies and said she is unsure how many independent study courses she taught at UNC because it was over such a long period of time. She declined to speak further about UNC's scandal.