District attorney Jim Woodwall has asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to launch a probe into alleged fraud in the African and Afro American studies program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among the allegations are that professors were paid for courses that did not actually meet and grades were awarded to students who took classes that never met. In addition, an internal audit found 43 courses with nearly 600 registered students where the instructor provided an assignment and graded students but engaged in limited or no classroom instruction. Other grade forms were submitted where faculty signatures were forged. Changes were made to grades that were not authorized by the faculty members who taught the course.
Many of the allegations involve former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro, who resigned from that post in September. Nyang’oro is retiring from the university as of July 1.
Professor Nyang’oro has taught at the university since 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He holds a law degree from Duke University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Miami University of Ohio.