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UNC escapes sanctions from accrediting body

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the school will not be sanctioned for the academic scandal involving its athletic department.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges announced the decision Thursday. It said the commission will monitor UNC for a year as it carries out reforms it says will “make whole” the academic degrees of former students who took fraudulent African studies classes.

The university will have to submit a report next April on its progress toward that goal.

A months-long investigation of academic fraud at the state’s flagship school showed problems were confined to wrongdoing by the former chairman and an administrator of the school’s African studies department and didn’t involve other faculty or members of the athletic department.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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