CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The NCAA sent its amended notice of allegations for the University of North Carolina on Monday morning, according to a source close to the situation. A UNC official later confirmed the NOA receipt to Inside Carolina.
The story was first reported by Aaron Beard of the Associated Press.
The revised notice arrived more than eight months after the University was set to respond to its initial notice of allegations before new findings days delayed the process. UNC announced on Aug. 14 that it had notified the NCAA of two new pieces of information requiring further review. The first being data directly related to the allegation pertaining to academic counselor Jan Boxill and the second centering on potential recruiting violations in men's soccer over the previous two years.
The University issued a statement last August indicating that both the institution and the NCAA were confident the additional review could be completed in 60 days or less, although that timeline came and went in October. Neither UNC nor NCAA officials have provided an explanation for the lengthy delay.
The NCAA charged UNC with five allegations in the first notice on May 20, 2015:
- 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. How different the amended notice of allegations may read remains to be seen.
UNC and all other alleged parties will have 90 days to respond to its amended notice, at which time the NCAA enforcement staff will have 60 days to prepare its own response to the Committee on Infractions. Once a hearing date and location is set, University and enforcement staff representatives will appear before the COI to present their cases.
UNC announced that the NCAA had reopened its 2011 examination of academic irregularities in June 2014.