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Martin Report timeline on UNC scandal investigation

Posted Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Raleigh, NC - This review, as well as the information contained in this report, was completed independently from, but in consideration of, many related initiatives and activities undertaken within and by the University. Many of these activities were completed internally, led by UNC faculty and administrators, and provided an invaluable level of support and information to assist in the completion of this review. Outlined below is the series of events and analyses by which the University became aware of and investigated questions regarding courses in the Department.

June 2010 – The University begins a joint investigation with the NCAA regarding information received alleging impermissible benefits received by student-athletes at the University. In the course of this investigation, the University discovers and self-reports academic issues related to a former student-tutor and academic mentor.

June 2011 – The University receives a Notice of Allegation from the NCAA related to the review of the University’s football program.

July 1, 2011 – A former student-athlete, who was ruled permanently ineligible to play football by the NCAA, files a lawsuit against the University and the NCAA; the legal filing includes an attachment of a paper that the student completed for a Swahili 403 course offered within AFRI/AFAM, with Dr. Julius Nyang’oro listed on the paper as the instructor.

August 21, 2011 – A news article reports that an unnamed source had provided a reporter with what was alleged to be a partial transcript from a former UNC football player’s first term at the University.

August 24, 2011 – The University notifies the NCAA of potential new issues related to student- athletes and convenes an internal working group comprised of Jack Evans, a retired professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School who served 15 years as the University’s faculty representative to the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference; Jonathan Hartlyn, Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs; and Leslie Strohm, University Counsel. The group worked with a member of the NCAA enforcement staff to review relevant documents, including records of student work in Department courses, and to interview faculty and staff in the Department, academic support counselors, and student-athletes who had taken multiple courses in the Department. While this joint review identified no violations of NCAA rules or student-eligibility issues, the working group identified “serious” concerns with courses within the Department.

August 29, 2011 – UNC receives media requests for “information regarding student-athletes and courses” within AFRI/AFAM.

August 30, 2011 – Dr. Julius Nyang’oro resigns as chair of the Department of African and Afro- American Studies.

September 2, 2011 – College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Gil engages Senior Associate Deans Jonathan Hartlyn and William Andrews to review courses in the Department from the Summer of 2007 through the Summer of 2011.

September 9, 2011 – Dean Karen Gil requests that Bobbi Owen, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, ask the Administrative Board of the College of Arts and Sciences “to develop guidelines for undergraduate independent study courses and directed reading courses.”

Mid September 2011 – Dean Bobbi Owen forms a task force to review policies and practices on independent study and directed reading courses across the entire College of Arts and Sciences and to make recommendations regarding:

o Expectations concerning student assignments and contact hours with professors or teaching assistants in independent study courses

o Conditions and approval process for a course approved as a lecture or seminar course to be delivered in an alternative format

o Process by which a course taken as an independent study or directed reading course is submitted to an Administrative Board for review and approval as a permanent course with its own assigned course number.

October 2011 – UNC appears before the NCAA Committee on Infractions with respect to matters identified by the NCAA in its June 2011 Notice of Allegations. The NCAA did not include issues related to AFRI/AFAM during the appearance before the Committee on Infractions.

December 2011 – The University appoints Dr. Eunice Sahle as Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

March 2012 – The NCAA announces the ruling of its Committee on Infractions regarding violations involving UNC’s football program.

April 10, 2012 – The Independent Study Task Force publishes its report.

May 2, 2012 – Deans Hartlyn and Andrews issue the report on the “Review of Courses in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences.”

July 2012 – Dr. Julius Nyang’oro relinquishes tenured faculty position and resigns from the University.

August 2012 – UNC requests this review.

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Martin Report timeline on UNC scandal investigation
Former NC governor, Jim Martin.