The University of North Carolina has emerged from an investigation into fake classes practically unscathed.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions released a statement on Friday saying that it “could not conclude that the University of North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules when it made available deficient Department of African and Afro-American Studies ‘paper courses’ to the general student body, including student-athletes.”
The panel did cite violations regarding two university staff members -noting that a former department chair and a former secretary, at least initially, failed to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.
The NCAA noted that “at its core,” the investigation focused on whether or not athletes were receiving extra benefits, including special access and help on course work.
They were also looking at whether a staff member was providing too much help for women’s basketball players and whether there was evidence of a lack of institutional control.
The panel ultimately determined that while the athletes benefited from certain programs at the university, so did the student body as a whole.
“While student-athletes likely benefited from the courses, so did the general student body. Additionally, the record did not establish that the university created and offered the courses as part of a systemic effort to benefit only student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the panel’s chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.