This is the scandal that never ends, it just goes on and on my friends. After the North Carolina Tar Heels football program was punished for various NCAA violations in March, new reports emerged last month that a number of football players enrolled in a class that had no instruction in the summer of 2011. This was probably not an isolated incident.
According to a report at the Charlotte News & Observer, multiple athletes were enrolled in courses that were listed as one-student courses during summers prior to 2011. There's a lot of evidence that more than one student was enrolled in a lot of these one-student classes, and that they were usually athletes. There's also a lot of evidence that no one taught the classes and that no instruction was offered. One now-retired professor, Julius Nyang'oro, was responsible for 38 suspect summer classes over five summers, 26 listed as one-student classes. He was not paid for 29 of them, which is atypical because summer classes are usually considered to be outside of professors' normal work years.
This investigation and scandal is going to get worse before it gets better. The News & Observer found 12 classes from between 1999 and 2001 that had a maximum capacity of one student and no classroom time listed. The University is investigating the suspect classes, and it is looking increasingly likely that the 2011 summer class was not an isolated incident.
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