Not many UNC-CH students sign up for new classes that replaced fraud classes

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 10:28 a.m.

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Officials at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill say there has been no rush by students and graduates to sign up for classes to replace fraudulent ones they took in the African and Afro-American Studies Department.

University officials said only one student has signed up for a makeup course and one graduate has asked about makeup offerings, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

School spokeswoman Dee Reid says 46 students are at risk of not graduating unless they complete an extra course.

Students who have not graduated have the option of taking another course, taking a special exam or presenting prior work to be evaluated by faculty, Reid said.

The offer of free courses is part of an arrangement the school made with the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The commission voted in June to accept the university’s plan to offer the classes, choosing to monitor the school in the coming months rather than impose a sanction. The accrediting body sent a team to the university early this year to review the problems.

An investigation determined that 384 students and alumni took 39 fraudulent classes between 1997 and 2009 in the African and Afro-American Studies department.

The head of the department and a former department manager left the school in the aftermath of the investigation.

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