NCAA Accuses UNC of Lack of Institutional Control

In what has turned out to be a national issue, the NCAA has recently laid down accusations of “lack of institutional control” against the University of North Carolina.

These accusations come from a 59-page letter the NCAA sent to Chapel Hill.

According to College Football Talk, the report states that the university has been giving student-athletes, for lack of a better term, special treatment when it comes to available courses and other benefits.

The report accuses the school of giving the athletes special access to a controversial Afro-American studies course UNC offers as well as “other impermissible benefits not available to the general student body.”

The letter from the NCAA lays out the accusations:

1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to studentathletes that were not generally available to the student body. (Level I, serious breach of conduct)

2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for StudentAthletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. (Level I, severe breach of conduct)

3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. () Level I, severe breach of conduct)

4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. (Level I, severe breach of conduct)

5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. (Level I, severe breach of conduct)

While no penalties have yet been handed out to the university, you can only assume that there will be major repercussions. The school and athletic program will not have a chance to address and respond to the letter.

Only then will the NCAA make a decision of whether or not the university will be sanctioned. Although most of the blame would appear to be on the shoulders of former football coach Butch Davis, the women’s basketball team seems to be taking the brunt of the accusations.

Stay tuned with Campus Sports for more on the situation.

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