UNC-Chapel Hill faculty meeting to focus on investigation finding bogus courses, easy grades

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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — Professors at North Carolina's flagship public university are sitting down to hash out the unpleasant finding that parts of their campus schemed to give athletes fake grades so they could keep playing for the Tar Heels.

Friday's meeting of the Faculty Council at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will focus on an investigation that found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored red flags that could have stopped an academic fraud scandal that ran for nearly two decades.

Chancellor Carol Folt is scheduled to take part.

A report last week by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found about 1,500 athletes and slightly more regular students benefited from sham classes and artificially high grades in the formerly African studies department.

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