“It means to make amends, to right your wrong. It’s an attempt to put the person back into the condition they would have been if the wrong had not occurred,” said Dykers, who graduated from UNC in 1995.
Dykers wants the University to make him whole; as he says, UNC has wronged him — and he wants it righted. The Wainstein report, released a year ago today, detailed extensive academic fraud in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies, which Dykers minored in.
Dykers, a Carrboro-based lawyer, made the decision to remove his minor from his resume after the release of the Wainstein report.
Wainstein’s report concluded that from 1993 to 2011, the University offered fraudulent classes within the AFAM department.
Though he never took an illegitimate class, Dykers said he took a class with Julius Nyang’oro, who oversaw some of the fraudulent classes, the report concludes.
“You know, there was all this talk about these bogus classes where no work was done, but that class was actually challenging,” Dykers said. “What was happening was there was a fairly large group of football players, and I could tell they were clowning and not concerned. And I was a dean’s list student, and I knew that it was difficult and they had more to lose than I did, and I immediately knew something was up.”
But the evidence of his hard work on his resume — the listing of his minor — is overshadowed by the scandal that is now synonymous with the former department.
Dykers said once he removed his minor from his resume, he felt his job search process become easier, prompting his decision to appeal. He said UNC should let degree holders take new classes if they choose.