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North Carolina Hit With Probation for Academic Fraud

North Carolina was placed on probation for 12 months by its accrediting commission for academic fraud, as it was announced on Thursday.

The board of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges decided Thursday to punish North Carolina for violating seven standards, including integrity, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic freedom.

More from the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com):

The board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges stopped short of imposing the harshest penalty, which would have blocked the country’s oldest public university from receiving federal funds, including student loan proceeds.

At a meeting in Portsmouth, Virginia, the group determined that UNC failed to comply with seven key operating principals for member universities, among them: integrity, program content, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic support services. The practical effect of the sanction is that “they just have to send us more documentation to show their compliance with seven of these principals,” commission President Belle Wheelan said.

The NCAA previously tagged North Carolina with “a lack of institutional control” and levied five  Level I charges against the school. At the heart of the issue was a “special arrangements” being made between staffers in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department and students-athletes.

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