CHAPEL HILL – A five-member panel from the UNC Board of Governors is meeting for the first time Friday to investigate the academic fraud within UNC Chapel Hill's African and Afro-American Studies program.
UNC already admitted to the findings, but now the board of governors wants to review the situation to determine if more corrective action needs to be taken.
Chancellor Holden Thorp told the panel he takes full responsibility for what happened and is also taking full responsibility to make sure no other cases if academic fraud occur.
Thorp said he became aware of no-show professors and unauthorized grade changes in more than 50 courses in the department last year. UNC pinpointed department head Julius Nyang'oro, who was paid to teach courses but was instead treating them as independent studies and offering students no supervision.
Thorp offered Nyang'oro early retirement because the that was the fastest way to remove him from campus.
Thorp told the panel it is crucial to find a balance between athletics and academics.
"A few people believe that there is no place at this university for intercollegiate athletics. I don't believe that's a viable option," Thorp said. 'There is a place, and at Carolina, we have to find the right balance and that's going to be hard."
The panel plans to continue its investigation throughout the day.