Skip to comments.A’s for Athletes, but Charges of Fraud at North Carolina
Posted on 01/01/2014 5:54:28 AM PST by reaganaut1
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. In the summer of 2011, 19 undergraduates at the University of North Carolina signed up for a lecture course called AFAM 280: Blacks in North Carolina. The professor was Julius Nyangoro, an internationally respected scholar and longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American studies department.
It is doubtful the students learned much about blacks, North Carolina or anything else, though they received grades for papers they supposedly turned in and Mr. Nyangoro, the instructor, was paid $12,000. University and law-enforcement officials say AFAM 280 never met. One of dozens of courses in the department that officials say were taught incompletely or not at all, AFAM 280 is the focus of a criminal indictment against Mr. Nyangoro that was issued last month.
Eighteen of the 19 students enrolled in the class were members of the North Carolina football team (the other was a former member), reportedly steered there by academic advisers who saw their roles as helping athletes maintain high enough grades to remain eligible to play.
Handed up by an Orange County, N.C., grand jury, the indictment charged Nyangoro with unlawfully, willfully and feloniously accepting payment with the intent to cheat and defraud the university in connection with the AFAM course a virtually unheard-of legal accusation against a professor.
The indictment, critics say, covers just a small piece of one of the biggest cases of academic fraud in North Carolina history. That it has taken place at Chapel Hill, known for its rigorous academic standards as well as an athletic program revered across the country, has only made it more shocking.
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Maybe not so much now.
“African and Afro-American studies”
I hear the job market is starved for people with this kind of education...........................insert eye roll here.
Professor Julius Nyangoro, an internationally
respected scholar and longtime chairman of USC's
African and Afro-American studies department.
If someone did an honest study of African Americans who played Division 1 sports fifteen years after playing and compared them to their peers who never attended college, it would be interesting to see if the experience actually benefited the athletes in some manner. Its already known that the schools get rich.
And, where is Nifong, the disbarred prosecutor in the Duke rapeless care. Odd names in that neck of the woods.
Not on did the pay huge out of State tuition but both think their kids were indoctrinated at UNC
Sad, I know you must read the Koran before graduating.
The graduates who are really prized, though, are the ones with a minor in Sub-Saharan Homoerotic Literature and Folk Art. Get that degree and you can write your own ticket. :=)
My daughter went in UNC CH as as conservative Christian and came out a flaming liberal. She is now a professional photographer and going back to conservative. She pays the self employment tax and is flabergasted.
“How surprising that the African and Afro-American studies department offered phony classes. In general, American “higher education” is too often about bread and circuses.”
In my experience many black college students wouldn’t have been admitted if they were white; the fact that they spend at least a year in “remedial classes” (high school classes required for whites’ admission, for which they receive no credit) attests to that. If we’re going to pretend they are qualified, why not pretend they graduated as well? The “token C” is the minority counterpart to the “gentleman’s C”.
My daughter graduated from UNC in 2006 and NEVER had to read the Koran....
I went to UNC for both undergrad (Education 1980) and grad school (JD 1988). I was one of the conservative minority. I was pretty quiet in undergrad, but I did find time to laugh at some of the demonstrations on campus by crazy libs. In law school there was a group (libs would say “gang”) that carried the ball for the conservative side. It made for great classroom debate. There were only a couple of conservative professors, a source of refuge for us.
I was a high school teacher after undergrad. Education classes were horrible, in my view, and usually loaded with athletes. They attended reasonably often, and ANY effort they made in class was highly praised. I suspect, but can’t say for sure, that A’s were generously given to the athletes. The rest of us were judged by a higher standard.
In my true major UNC was very rigorous, and I believe it remains that way.
The only college, to my knowledge, that DOESN’T try to indoctrinate our kids into liberalism and /or communism is Hillsboro College....
Football players are all that’s mentioned in the article but the basketball team is in this up to their necks.
UNC is in full CYA mode.
This scam likely involves $$millions in fraudulent use of tax-exempt federal/state education tax dollars--- a money-laundry and tax evasion scam.
L/E needs to examine Nyangoros' assorted bank accounts and tax-exempt status. One of the biggest scams is writing a check to another tax-exempt----the way they easily launder tax-exempt money to themselves .....and commit tax evasion.
<><> Joint bank accounts might be used to facilitate the transfer of of tax=exempt funds. Tax exempt monies may be paying for personal and private expenses, campaign expenses, credit cards, real estate subsidies and vehicle purchases.
<><> To cover their tracks, fake invoices might be created to show that govt money deposited into accounts was being used for legitimate purposes. The scheme might be advanced by issuing phony statements of payments from financial sources that actually covered the transfer of tax-exempt funds for insiders own use.
NOTE WELL Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity indicative of money laundering and other financial crimes. The Bank Secrecy Act was enacted to protect the public from harm by identifying and detecting money laundering from criminal enterprises, terrorism, tax evasion or other unlawful activities, the special agent in charge for Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, explained.
L/E needs to examine Nyangoros' bank accounts used to pay for his various activities.
<><> Joint bank accounts might be used to facilitate the transfer of of tax-exempt education fund to pay for personal and private expenses, credit cards, real estate subsidies, campaign donations, travel, and vehicle purchases.
<><> To cover their tracks, fake/falsified/forged invoices might be created to show that money deposited into education accounts was being used for legitimate, allowable purposes.
The scheme might be advanced by issuing phony statements of payments from financial sources that actually covered the transfer of funds for personal use.
<><> L/E is directed to get ahold of: (1) copies of checks, (2) wire transfers, (3) account statements, (4) invoices, (5) bills, (6) delivery tickets, (7) correspondence including e-mail, contracts, loan agreements, and, (8) any other books or records. L/E should also explore (a) monies paid to brokers, sub- brokers, (b) family members, (c) mortgage brokers, (d) financial managers, and, (e) real estate agents, brokers, and developers.
<><> L/E should scrutinize bank accounts for suspicious activites: (A) large deposits, (B) funds transferred from one account into another, (C) frequent requests for withdrawals.
<><> Bank records might also show diversions to secret LLC other accounts, to money launder and to operate personal ventures.
Tax fraud can also be facilitated by withdrawals, gift cards purchases, credit card purchases and intra-bank transfers from foundation accounts into personal accounts. A huge tipoff is whether bank withdrawals support luxurious lifestyle including payments for real estate, investment and stock holdings, jewelry, luxury vehicles, resort travel....... and gifts from luxury outlets for wives and mistresses.
Taxpayers should demand the Bank Secrecy Act be used to prosecute fraud pronto. And study those tax returns with a fine-tooth comb....especially entries for "interest income."
I earned my degree from the UNiversity of Tennessee and it was the same there as at UNC, NCSU, Boston College, (insert name of any major university here)...
Just think, one of the “students” could become President of the United States. Sound familiar?
AFAM = African/Afro-American
I would guess that any who got picked for NFL did VERY well, and the ones who did not get picked did poorly.
If I was an employer, I would look at them and decide (probably accurately) that they learned nothing but football.
“the African and Afro-American studies department...”
The real shysters and frauds are the administrators, presidents, etc., who set up such a farce of a department to begin with. They should be prosecuted for stealing money from the public and forced to pay back all students who attended these worthless classes. All colleges need a cleansing from all this PC nonsense.
You would think that a person who played NFL football for even a short time would accrue considerable benefit. Not so sure. Ten years after playing, those ex athletes are often broke and are saddled with life long debilitating injuries. Some of course did very well. Would love to see an objective study how eighteen year old African American males who are recruited to play in Division 1 university sport programs fare in the long run compared to their peers who are not recruited.
they didn’t get the word -
I have heard in past years that other universities require the student/athletes go to the instructor’s office or empty classroom and sign an attendance form for the class each time it is supposed to meet - no class - just sign!
What good ever came from Africa but the ability to get the hell out of it?
A friend of many years was a 'jock'; he knew many interesting details.
After selecting the school they gave him a list of class recommendations that where 'friends of the team'. Because of the schedule he would unfortunately miss many classes; so this was best.
They suggested when he attended, he wear his uniform so the everyone knew he was on the team.
Not all instructors were in on the plan. His graduation was questionable.
A lucky break, the friend of an instructor had an accident and needed blood; any student who donated blood would receive extra 'help'. He graduated in four.
Was drafted into the pros(number 999+?)instead took a teaching position.
UNC is known as the East Coast’s version of Berkeley.
As we used to say in Raleigh:
NC State = Education
UNC = Vacation
Society has no responsibility to defend stupidity. I say let the sports buffs pay their money and watch their theater.
This happened at Auburn a few years ago, and just like then nothing will come of this. I had a former student that was not bright at all. Sweat as pie, but not very intelligent. I can’t remember what his IEP said. Any way, he was a big recruit for WVU and took most of his classes in a computer room with his “tutor.”
I beleive cheating has become a part of the administration of most universities...pretty sad. I know this is a totally different angle but I had this experience several years ago.
I went back to school to become an RN when I was 49 years old. I attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Nursing, purportedly (at least by the school itself) one of the best, most rigorous nursing colleges. Each semester, they were taking 260 freshmen who had GPA’s that met the current minimum and when I was graduated, there were 35 in our class. Each year, the students were weeded out to fit the smaller and smaller class sizes. I worked my ass off, full-time student, did not work whilke I was in school and it was a bitch.
I had a hard time particularly when I saw classmates pass with 95 to 100 on tests: who were unable to write a sentence that made sense, who did not know the class material and who slept through most of the classes. I was having trouble in the OB semesters (I’m a guy) but I managed to get through.
While studying in the library for the last final exam of my senior year, one of my classmates took out a stack of paper that appeared to have test questions and answers on it. I asked her what that was, she told me that it was the exam answers...she said that she had printed them out from a website that had all of the exams from all of the nursing courses for all four years. She pulled out her computer, logged in with a user name and password and showed me...it was all there: about 200 to 300 questions for each course exam with correct answers. The exams were usually 50 to 100 questions so the teachers must have picked from the bank of questions. I asked her where she found out about this. She said someone had given her the name and password and that she thought that everyone knew about it. I asked if she had to pay for the info...she said that she didn’t but she thought her friend had paid for the log-in info.
She said that the info was only there at certain random times of the day so that the university would have trouble finding it...so you had to print it out when you saw it was available.
I took the exam about 15 minutes after this revelation...I was so livid that I thought I was going to explode during the exam but I managed to finish. I went to the assistant dean and told her, had her log on and she saw the exams...she was quite upset and asked me not to tell any one about it while they investigated....she did say the some teachers were puzzled because students “who were not supposed to pass were making A’s.” I passed the final exam and never heard anything about the cheating...I’m sure that it was swept under the rug...and I’m sure that at least one faculty member had to have been involved to have access to all of the exams.
I don’t know if things are this way at other nursing schools. A huge percentage of my classmates were taking adderall to stay awake for study and clinicals and taking ativan to get a few hours of sleep. And along with the cheating, there are many who I would not want ever taking care of anyone in my family.
A final word of advice from me: Always, ALWAYS, have a family member or closed trusted friend with you when you go to the hospital to help look out for your best interest. ...more so now with Obamacare.
Our daughter went to UNC-CH as as conservative Christian and came out a conservative Christian.
While it is generally better to send a kid to a conservative school, that is no guarantee that they will remain conservative there, either.
I'm just being pedantic but why is there an apostrophe in "A's"?
You would prefer “As?”
Should be “A”s.......
Is there a definitive rule for pluralizing acronyms, abbreviations and individual letters? I understand why you did it that way, but it doesn’t look right. I’ve always seen it handled with an apostrophe, without question.
If they really wanted to get away with it, they should have enrolled all these athletes in a microbiology or molecular physics course and paid the $12,000 to some Chinese dude who didn't speak a word of English.
Maybe if they were like Harvard where everyone gets A’s, this would not be a story...
I know of no “rule” for this....I just have always done it with quotation marks...only to emphasize it as a letter grade...
Hell, where’s the fraud? I say the professor did exactly what he was paid to do! Case dismissed. Next! ...
if they graduate,I think it does help them...at least they get to see how the “other” side lives....jmo...
besides, a good deal of whether you pass or not is your knowledge on the floors...your confidence, your basic knowledge, etc....
cheating makes me very angry though...
Wouldn’t that be correct?
There’s an entire cover story from Universities about not paying athletes ‘because of the value of the scholarships/education they are receiving’. Most of us already were aware that this cover is usually a crock... but this NYT piece could be pulling the thread that unravels the entire quilt.
While there the one student who actually paid attention and knew the subject came up after class and objected to a tight deadline before a break.
The student did not have time to write the papers for multiple students in the class (mostly athletes). He was paid $50 from each athlete to write their papers!
John was flabbergasted and discussed with a member of the administration. Seems that the administration was aware of a “few irregularities” but thought it was a good way for the smarter students to pay for college, since they has few scholarships!
John quit at the end of the year and was released from his multiyear contract with no penalty. As a pastor he was not going to pass anyone he caught cheating - but he suspects that every student he had was passed anyway.
“As we used to say in Raleigh:
NC State = Education
UNC = Vacation”
We didn’t say anything at all about state in Chapel Hill. We even wrote them out of the fight song while I was in school there.