We have all read about the University of North Carolina academic fraud scandal involving some of the school’s top athletes. Apparently, Julius Nyang’Oro, who had been the longstanding chair of UNC’s African American Studies Department, gave out undeserved A’s, changed grades by other professors, and taught phantom courses where no classes were actually held. After the university’s investigation, Nyang’Oro stepped down as the department chair and “retired” several months later. He was indicted last month on one felony count for being paid $12,000 for teaching one of his phantom classes.
Nyang’Oro has yet to make any public statements in his defense. And the school taken no responsibility for the academic scam which supposedly had been going on for nearly a decade. Some believe that Nyang’Oro is getting what he deserves for orchestrating such a major academic disservice to these so-called “student/athletes” merely so they could continue to play ball. Others feel that he is being made a scapegoat for appears to be a much broader institutional (and NCAA-wide) problem where winning ball games and collecting the vast amounts of revenue that comes with it trumps any consideration of student welfare.
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