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  • More evidence emerges on Jan Boxill

    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.
  • The problems with study abroad

    The study abroad program at the University of Georgia is a huge one, with more than 25 percent of the student population going on one of the many programs during their time at UGA. But the regulation of study abroad at the University of Georgia – whether it's academics, safety of the students, proper use of professors' time – is sorely lacking. This year-long series looks at the problems that exist and continue to exist for a program UGA administrators like to tout as one of their big successes.
  • Unredacted Harassment

    An ongoing investigation by the Red & Black showed professors continued to violate sexual harassment policies and get away with it at the University of Georgia, and to make matters worse, those who came forward and who were told their identities would be protected, discovered their names were not redacted in documents sent out by UGA to those requesting such documents.
  • "Making a Killing"

    A 26-year-old bipolar student enrolled in a drug trial at the University of Minnesota. However, Carl Elliott reveals that the professors who were ran the study knew that the student was probably "not competent to give his consent" because he suffered from "severe psychotic delusions." He was given a powerful antipsychotic and eventually stabbed himself to death. Elliott is "a professor of medical ethics at the University of Minnesota," and believes that the professors who were running the drug study would profit from it and that the student who committed suicide was "coerced" into participating.
  • Scholars and One's Paper

    KBS investigated unethical research methods by the professors in the Humanities and Social Sciences department of Seoul National University. THey found 23% of the profesors were practicing improper research methods.
  • Colleges Use Cheap Loans to Lure Stars to Faculty

    “Although colleges and universities have often provided housing for officials to live on campuses, in recent years they have also begun to use low-interest or no-interest mortgage loans as a recruiting tool, sometimes from their own endowments”.
  • "Double Dipping"

    Nearly 1,000 retired UConn professors are receiving duel payment from the state in the form of a paycheck and a pension. A law was enacted in 2007 that was designed to limit the number of retired professors who could be on the payroll and the length of time they could be hired, but as revealed by the Hartford-Courant, that law has been all but overlooked.
  • State Employees Salaries (Balancing Act)

    This series analyzes the salaries of Minnesota's state employees and found that in the year before the governor instituted a state hiring freeze, about a third of the state work force earned more than $50 million in overtime pay. A handful of employees earned more in overtime pay than in regular wages. The analysis supported claims by employee unions that understaffing was driving up overtime costs. The series also revealed that faculty at state colleges and universities are earning significant bonuses for teaching online courses beyond their full-time course load. Two St. Cloud State University professors rank among the highest-paid state employees in Minnesota.
  • Sexual harassment at UGA

    During a semester-long investigation The Red & Black discovered the University of Georgia was finding professors in violation of the sexual harassment policy but still allowing them to teach and, in some cases, allowing them to dictate the details of their resignations.
  • Academics and Athletics At Michigan

    A psychology professor at the University of Michigan taught at least 294 independent study courses during a three-year period, 85 percent of his time was spent with athletes. Those athletes coming close to losing academic eligibility were sent to study with John Hagen.