The University received its notice of allegations on May 20, 2015, and has 90 days to respond in accordance with NCAA bylaws. That 90-day window closes on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
The response is expected to be shared with the public the day of its submission to the NCAA. Supplemental materials will be released once the necessary redactions are completed, according to sources. Similar to the notice of allegations, an institution is not obligated to publicize its response.
The NCAA charged UNC with five allegations:
1. (a) ASPSA academic counselors provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes in African and Afro-American Studies courses from 2002-2011 and (b) allowed 10 student-athletes to exceed independent study credit limits (12-hour max) from 2006-11.
2. Academic counselor Jan Boxill provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women's basketball players from 2007-2010.
3. Student services manager Deborah Crowder violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct in failing to cooperate with the NCAA enforcement staff's requests during this investigation.
4. Professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department Dr. Julius Nyang'oro violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct in failing to cooperate with the NCAA enforcement staff's requests during this investigation.
5. Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance in failing to monitor Boxill. The University also exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the impermissible benefits provided by athletics academic counselors and staff within the African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department.
All five allegations are potentially Level I infractions, indicating a severe breach of conduct.
In its response to the 2011 notice of allegations, UNC agreed that eight allegations were substantially correct and that violations occurred, while disagreeing with a section of a ninth allegation.
Once the University submits its NOA response to the NCAA, the enforcement staff has 60 days to prepare and provide its own response to the Committee on Infractions (COI). Once a hearing date and location is set, University and enforcement staff representatives will appear before the COI to present their cases. The COI meets six times a year with scheduled meetings remaining in October and December.
In 2011, UNC released its NOA response on Sept. 19 and appeared before the COI on Oct. 28.
Infractions reports, which include any potential penalties, are typically completed and delivered to the institution 6-to-8 weeks following the hearing, according to the NCAA’s website. UNC received its infractions report 19 weeks after its hearing in October 2011.
Institutions have 15 days after the receipt of the infractions report to file a Notice of Appeal to any conclusions or punitive measures included in the report. The Infractions Appeals Committee hears the appeal and its decision is final.