Several North Carolina football players took classes that lacked instruction and involved forged signatures, a report published by The News & Observer says.
One particular class — AFAM 280: Blacks in North Carolina — is under the most scrutiny. Of the 19 students who enrolled in the class last summer, 18 were football players and the 19th was a former player. The class apparently didn’t show up on the calendar until days before it began, indicating that it wasn’t intended to be available for general students.
An internal review by the school showed that 54 classes have evidence of academic fraud because they involved little instruction. What’s more troubling is that nearly all the classes were taught by one particular person — Julius Nyang’oro, who is the longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies Department.
The News & Record’s report includes this damaging section: