The Raleigh News and Observer is reporting that the University of North Carolina watered down its report on academic fraud in hopes of keeping the NCAA from launching a full-scale investigation.
The correspondence shows that hours before the report’s release on July 26, 2012, Faculty Council Chairman Jan Boxill sent the three faculty authors a last-minute email. It suggested they rewrite a sentence that painted a picture of a department manager creating bogus classes to protect athletes’ eligibility to play sports.
The authors grudgingly agreed to it, and some key information disappeared from the final version.
Boxill wrote that the request came from other faculty on the council’s executive committee. “The worry is that this could further raise NCAA issues and that is not the intention,” she said in the email.
Boxill is a former women’s basketball coach at Tampa who at one time was an academic adviser to athletes.
The North Carolina scandal involves students, many of whom were athletes, taking bogus classes in the school’s African-American Studies department.