CHAPEL HILL-- A UNC Board of Governors panel believes their review of the academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill would take longer than expected because they also want to study former Gov. Jim Martin's recently launched investigation.
The panel's looking into problems in more than 50 courses in the Afro and African American studies department at UNC. It was all was triggered by the NCAA' s findings of impermissible benefits and academic misconduct within the UNC football program.
After a few minutes in open session, investigative panel chairman Louis Bissette took the five-member review panel behind closed doors for the rest of Wednesday at the the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.
They planned on pouring over documents pertaining to all the other investigations surrounding the academic fraud that occurred at UNC between 2007 and 2011.
"Report back to the Board of Governors as to whether or not we believe they've been thorough and adequate," said Bissette, of the panel objective.
Bissette said a new investigation will delay the panel from reaching a conclusion by its initial October deadline. The panel wants to study the results of a task force headed up by Martin. The university asked him to determine if any academic fraud happened prior to 2007.
"You know that was one of the questions some of our panel members had at our last meeting,” said Bissette. “So we're very pleased that Gov. Martin and his group will be looking into that."
Last November, UNC reported discovering no show professors and unauthorized grade changes in more than 50 courses. Some students in the classes were athletes.
Bissette wants to determine whether further corrective action should be taken to restore the university's scholastic reputation.
"We need to find out what happened, be sure that it can never happen again."
The review panel will meet again all day Thursday in open session.
The Board of Governors review panel was formed in June. The SBI is also investigating the academic fraud at UNC to see if there were any criminal violations.