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UNC fake-class investigation finds athletics program was involved




Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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On Wednesday the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill released the findings of an investigation into a long-running academic fraud scandal at the university.

The report, prepared by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, found that for almost two decades, two employees in the university's African Studies department, along with academic counselors for athletes, set up a system of fake classes designed to keep student athletes eligible to play.

Dan Kane is an investigative reporter with The News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina. He first uncovered this story three years ago.