The Daily Tar Heel

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Saturday September 18th

Academic-athletic scandal

UNC has been plagued by an academic-athletic scandal that has led to one of the biggest investigations into academic improprieties in NCAA history.

The scandal, which was fully unearthed by the Wainstein report in October 2014, revolves around the former Department of African and African-American Studies. Wainstein's report detailed nearly two decades of no-show classes that allowed many athletes to stay eligible and inflated the grades of non-athletes as well.

The investigation into UNC began in 2010, after a tweet from former football player Marvin Austin exposed potential illegal benefits. After it was revealed there were inappropriate agent contact with coaches and players, NCAA investigators and reporters examined UNC's academics more closely, eventually revealing the academic fraud within the former Department of African and African-American Studies.

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UNC accreditation under review

UNC will be reviewed again by its accrediting body after Kenneth Wainstein’s investigation revealed the extent of academic fraud to be greater than it appeared two years ago, said Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Get a better handle on the academic scandal

The Daily Tar Heel analyzed the report by independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein for the words that appear most frequently and crafted a guide to explain the report's major findings. The most common words appear larger in the correlating graphic. Wainstein's investigation revealed how a secretary in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies created bogus classes to help athletes maintain eligibility. More than 3,000 UNC students took paper classes, according to the report.

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