2 more fired, 3 cleared in UNC review after cheating scandal


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is firing two employees and barring a former associate dean from leadership positions after an investigation described their roles in the school’s academic fraud scandal.

The school said Thursday three other UNC employees were cleared.

The moves came after personnel reviews considering whether the employees helped allow fake courses, directed students to them, or were in a position to know about the wrongdoing and failed to stop it.

A report last year by a former U.S. Justice Department official found a pattern of fake classes that allowed 3,100 athletes and other students to earn artificially high grades from 1993 to 2011. The sham courses were solely in the African studies department, but people around campus knew of them and said nothing.

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