During the summer of 2011, 18 UNC football players enrolled in a class that is now part of an academic fraud investigation, according to a report from The News & Observer.
University records show the 18 players enrolled in AFAM 280, a class, which had no instruction. The athletes were guided into the class by academic advisers who knew there would be no instruction. The class is part of an academic fraud investigation which includes 54 classes with little or no instruction, the report says.
AFAM 280 was taught by Julius Nyang'oro, who also taught 45 of the 54 classes under inspection. Nyang'oro, who is chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies Department, is retiring on July 1 as a result of the investigation. UNC contacted the NCAA after learning of the summer class, and UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said the department will "continue to work to ensure that it doesn't happen going forward."
UNC is currently on probation and will serve a one-year bowl ban this season for previous academic infractions.
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