New panel to look closer at UNC academic probe

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Former Gov. Jim Martin is leading a newly created panel to address issues stemming from an internal investigation that found course irregularities in the African and Afro-American studies department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement Thursday that Martin will lead an independent review of additional academic irregularities that may have occurred before 2007. Assisting Martin will be Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP, a national management consulting firm with experience in academic performance procedures and controls.

Thorp also appointed Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, to help UNC-Chapel Hill examine the future relationship between academics and athletics on campus.

The ongoing investigation of the AFAM department is the result of the NCAA investigation into UNC’s football program.

Source: The Associated Press