The scandal surrounding academic fraud in North Carolina's AFAM program could go back a lot farther than UNC's original investigation.
North Carolina is investigating how what appears to be a transcript for former football star Julius Peppers surfaced on the university's website.
In a statement Monday, the school said it has removed the link and that it wouldn't discuss confidential student information covered by federal privacy laws. The school didn't confirm the authenticity of the transcript, which lists Peppers' name at the top.
The link, which surfaced late Sunday, showed Peppers received some of his highest grades in classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM). A school investigation has since found fraud and poor oversight in 54 AFAM classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011, with football players making up more than a third of the enrollments and student-athletes making up 58 percent of the overall enrollments in those suspect classes.
Nine of the 10 classes in which Peppers earned a B-plus, B or B-minus came in the AFAM department, according to the possible transcript.
Peppers also played two seasons for the men's basketball team under Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty, serving as a reserve on the team that reached the Final Four in 2000.
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UNC's statement on the matter, released Monday morning, reads: “Student academic records should never be accessible to the public, and the University is investigating reports of what appears to be a former student transcript on the University’s website. The University has removed that link from the website. University officials are prohibited from discussing confidential student information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”