The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced Friday that it received a "notice of allegations" from the National Collegiate Athletic Association regarding an investigation into whether it violated NCAA bylaws during a decades-long academic fraud scandal. “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline," UNC said in a statement. "The university will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law."
The notice comes seven months after Kenneth Wainstein, a former official with the U.S. Department of Justice, released a detailed report about widespread and long-lasting academic fraud at the university. For 20 years, some employees at the UNC knowingly steered about 1,500 athletes toward no-show courses that never met and were not taught by any faculty members, and in which the only work required was a single research paper that received a high grade no matter the content, according to the report. This is the second attempt by the NCAA to investigate the allegations.
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