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UNC posts first monitoring report, defends integrity for accrediting agency

Acquiescing to a requirement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the University posted its first monitoring report regarding the accreditation bylaws that were broken during the nearly 20-year academic-athletic scandal. 

The accrediting agency requested the University complete a monitoring report about its compliance with the seven broken accrediting standards that the association did not accept the University's explanation for at the association's meeting last June.  

This first section of the 146-page report focuses on the University's integrity, which the association questioned because of the academic-athletic scandal.

UNC highlighted the report done by the Integrity and Ethics Working Group, which was formed after the Wainstein report in October 2014, as well as the creation of the Chief Integrity and Policy Officer. 

"These documents go well beyond the information sought by the Commission and evidence the extraordinary — indeed unparalleled — lengths to which the University has gone to ensure complete institutional integrity," the monitoring report said about the working group's report.

The other six association bylaws that required responses from UNC ranged from questions about the curriculum of the African, African American and Diaspora Department to faculty's role in University governance. 

The University was placed on a one-year probation by the association last June. The president of the association, Belle Wheelan, has said UNC's scandal was "the biggest case of academic fraud" she had ever seen in her tenure.

The association will determine the University's status this summer at its annual meeting.

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