UNC's academic scandal recently came to a close, but its effects are ongoing. In response to the formal academic irregularities brought to light in 2011, the University instituted several policy reforms.
The reforms are organized under six categories: Admissions and Preparedness, Advising and Support, Athletics Excellence and Accountability, Athletics Integrity, Course Integrity and Academic Excellence and Accountability. They include promoting academic integrity, faculty accountability and process transparency.
Associate professor of geography Altha Cravey said there are now people who ensure that she is in her classroom, and she must use her university email for all official communication.
“Those two examples highlight the fact that, for teachers, it has been more reporting, hassle and overall bureaucracy,” Cravey said.
Paul O’Connor, a news reporting lecturer in the School of Media and Journalism, expressed discontent with the reforms. Those within the journalism school have been particularly affected because their courses typically do not have a conventional final exam.
“Most of us who teach skills courses do not give tests. We still will not have a final, but we now have to meet for a two hour period during the examination period,” O’Connor said. “I found out the day before the semester started — after I wrote my syllabus. It clearly disrupts my schedule and the others who did not plan for it."
In the correspondence sent out by Chancellor Carol Folt on Oct. 13 regarding the NCAA ruling, she addressed the changes.
“Strong collaboration with our faculty was critical to developing the more than 70 groundbreaking reforms and initiatives, including in the areas of academic advising and academic oversight,” she said.
Cravey, a member of the faculty, felt that Folt’s statement was completely contrary to the truth. She said the response seemed like the University was covering for itself.