Professor among 4 fired in UNC academic fraud
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina's top official says the Chapel Hill school is firing a professor who once led the faculty there for her role in the academic fraud scandal that's rocked the state's flagship public university.
University Chancellor Carol Folt said in a letter Wednesday that philosophy professor Jeanette Boxill was notified of her upcoming termination on the same day last October that a scathing report was released. Boxill, former chairwoman of the faculty council, is appealing.
The report found that fake classes allowed 3,100 athletes and other students to earn artificially high grades from 1993 to 2011. The report described Boxill as directing women's basketball players into fake courses.
The Associated Press and nine other media companies filed a lawsuit demanding the records of those who were disciplined. In response to a mediation session, the university named Boxill, an African studies lecturer who resigned and two lower-level staffers who lost jobs.