UNC releases more information on NCAA probe

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released more information Thursday on the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations from their joint investigation into academic irregularities.

The amended notice of allegations focused on the roles of three people: former professor Jan Boxill with the women’s basketball program, Deborah Crowder, of the former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department; and Julius Nyang’oro, former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies.

The amended notice lists five Level I violations for Carolina. The most serious of those is that Carolina lacked institutional control. Carolina leaders were not aware of the problems in the African and Afro-American Studies program and did not properly train the people in the academic support programs.

Significantly, however, the amended notice does not mention Coach Roy Williams or the UNC men’s basketball program or the football program specifically.

The school had disclosed the original notice of allegations sent in May 2015. The University also reported new information in August 2015 after the NCAA determined the information warranted a revised notice.

Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics at UNC, said in a statement:

“We are carefully reviewing the amended notice of allegations resulting from our joint investigation with the NCAA and will respond with facts and evidence that present a full picture of our case. The University takes these allegations extremely seriously. We remain committed to cooperating fully with the NCAA while working tirelessly to secure a fair outcome for Carolina.”

The University posted a public record copy of the amended notice on the Carolina Commitment website on April 25 after receiving the notice.

After waiting eight months to find out how the NCAA would revise its list of charges tied to the North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandal, the school is in similar position it was before the amended notice was sent on April 25 – UNC still faces five serious charges that include lack of institutional control.

On Thursday, the University posted accompanying exhibits that the NCAA calls “factual information,” or FIs. The school also released a chart listing them that came with the notice. Click here to view a public record copy.

The majority of the 112 FIs refer to previously released University-commissioned reports and other records, including items related to the independent investigation led by Kenneth Wainstein.

UNC published 1,129 pages of exhibits and supplementary materials with Wainstein’s report on Oct. 22, 2014. (See http://carolinacommitment.unc.edu/reports-resources/ and http://carolinacommitment.unc.edu/records/).

The University said they will respond within the NCAA’s new 90-day deadline. University officials cannot comment on details about the investigation until it is completed.

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