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Resource ID: #26845
Subject: Higher Education
Source: Daily Tar Heel
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Date: November 14, 2014

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This story was published in The Daily Tar Heel after the release of an independent investigation into fake classes at UNC Chapel Hill. These courses were used to keep athletes eligible to play for nearly two decades. As a renown academic and athletic institution, the scandal has tarnished the reputation of the University. The people indicted by the scandal — mostly professors, athletic staff and athletic counselors — have complicated stories that The Daily Tar Heel have aimed to tell this year. This story aimed to feature a key player and a high-up UNC leader, Jan Boxill. A highly accoladed sports ethics professor with a close relationship to UNC athletics, she was the last person anyone expected to be involved in the scandal — "the most ethical person I knew," her colleagues told me. The October 2013 external report found Boxill steered athletes to "independent study" courses that were fake and used to bolster GPAs. The classes were the perfect guise for such impropriety because at the time, there was little oversight of independent studies. Because The Daily Tar Heel found her an interesting character, they scoured over emails and documents, finding that she taught 160 independent study courses. According to her superiors within the philosophy department, that number is highly unusual. This story tried to convey her complicated — and mysterious — legacy at UNC.

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