Martin’s report on academic irregularities due Dec. 20

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 06:09 PM

CHAPEL HILL – Former governor Jim Martin’s much-anticipated review of academic irregularities at UNC will be released Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.

University officials announced the development Friday afternoon.

The UNC Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Dec. 20 to receive Martin’s report.

His review of possible academic irregularities was conducted with the help of Baker Tilly, a national management consulting firm with experience in academic procedures and controls.

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

The university’s internal review of academic irregularities, most occurring in the university’s African and Afro-American Studies Department, covered the period between summer 2007 and summer of 2011, which some critics contend did not go far enough. 

The university’s 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.

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

Rose Tagle will present the trustees with Baker Tilly’s 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 the Summer School to help prevent future irregularities.

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