The NCAA has released its ruling on the North Carolina case, where the school, “made available deficient Department of African and Afro-American Studies “paper courses” to the general student body, including student-athletes.”
The NCAA Committee of Infractions could not conclude that North Carolina violated NCAA academic rules.
Below is a statement from the NCAA on the matter.
While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called ‘paper courses’ offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the panel’s chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. “The panel is troubled by the university’s shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus and the credibility of the Cadwalader report, which it distanced itself from after initially supporting the findings. However, NCAA policy is clear. The NCAA defers to its member schools to determine whether academic fraud occurred and, ultimately, the panel is bound to making decisions within the rules set by the membership
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