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UNC chancellor sued for academic probe information

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Raleigh newspaper is suing the chancellor at the University of North Carolina for information about athletic and academic standards.

The News & Observer of Raleigh on Thursday sued UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt for access to a spreadsheet or database with information that could explain the beginning of the problems.

UNC Vice Chancellor Joel Curran says to reveal the information would violate students’ rights to privacy.

Folt on Thursday publicly accepted the university’s responsibility for bogus classes benefiting student athletes that were offered through the African and Afro-American Studies Department. She acknowledged a failure of academic oversight.

Investigations have revealed that about 200 lecture-style classes were offered in the department as far back as the mid-1990s where there is little indication of instruction.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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