Missouri under investigation after tutor admits to academic fraud

The University of Missouri-Columbia is under investigation after a former tutor took to social media and admitted to committing academic fraud “for athletes in revenue generating sports.”

It was not clear whether the athletes were basketball or football players.

Former tutor Yolanda Kumar shared the allegations in a lengthy Facebook post, admitting to taking courses and tests for student-athletes. Kumar added that the academic fraud was encouraged by at least two Academic Coordinators.

Missouri announced they were under investigation on Wednesday.

The university said it “has received allegations of potential academic rules violations by a former tutor in the Athletics Academic Services area. Consistent with our commitment to rules compliance and to operating our athletics program with integrity, we are conducting a review of the allegations. We also have informed the NCAA who is working with us on this matter. To protect the integrity of the review process, we will not comment further at this time.”

The full statement from Kumar which led to the investigation can be seen below, via the Kansas City Star.

I have knowingly participated in academic dishonesty in my position as a tutor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Athletic department, which is not limited to assistance with assignments. I have taken and assisted with entrance assessment, completed entire courses, and I been present to provide assistance with online assessments. It was encouraged, promoted, and supported by at least two Academic Coordinators for athletes in revenue generating sports, however, the wide spread desperation to succeed by other student-athletes at the bottom of an inverted pyramid of the organization’s construct cross (sic) multiple sports. I self-reported on November 2 and naively wanted to close the door on the manner after seeking counsel. I immediately resigned from my position on November 7 prior to meeting with a member for compliance, general counsel, and an individual that reports to the chancellor.

You are able to see this post because I respect and honor your thoughts of me. I wanted you to hear it from me first. I apologize for disappointing you.

I just can’t carry this burden anymore.

On Tuesday, Notre Dame was forced to vacate wins from the 2012 and 2013 college football seasons due to academic fraud, so we will have to see if Missouri will face a similar fate.

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