Report on UNC academic irregularities due today

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:42 PM

Former Gov. Jim Martin’s much-anticipated review of academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be released today during a 10 a.m. meeting of the UNC Board of Trustees

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp asked Martin to lead an independent review of any additional academic irregularities that might have occurred before 2007.

The request came after critics complained that the university’s internal investigation of academic irregularities in the African and Afro-American Studies Department covering the period from summer session 2007 to summer session 2011 didn’t go back far enough.

The internal review found evidence of classes in which professors engaged in limited or no instructional contact, grade rosters with forged signatures, and unauthorized grade changes for students, many of whom were on the football team.

Martin’s review was conducted with the help of Baker Tilly, a national management consulting firm with experience in academic procedures and controls.

The firm was asked to review UNC’s new academic performance policies, procedures and controls in relation to best-practices criteria.

Rose Tagle, a partner with Baker Tilly, is expected to present trustees with a review of new academic performance policies, procedures and controls the university already has put in place in the African and Afro-American studies department, the College of Arts and Sciences and summer school to help prevent future irregularities.

Thorp said in August that the university is determined to make sure the current internal controls would prevent any recurrence of the irregularities.