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Accrediting Agency Raises Questions About Chapel Hill’s Compliance

The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is questioning the university’s compliance with many of its standards in light of a recent report about widespread academic fraud at the institution.

The accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, sent a letter to the university this month calling on the institution to respond to concerns that it isn’t meeting 18 different standards, on issues including integrity and adm…


College Chief Apologizes to Woman Who Says 2 Football Players Raped Her

The president of Oregon State University has apologized to a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by two of the college’s football players in 1998, The Oregonian reports.

The newspaper published a column on Friday about Brenda Tracy, who says she was gang-raped by the Oregon State players and two other men. She did not cooperate with a police investigation, and the district attorney’s office dropped the case.

Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State, wrote in an email to the campus on Mond…


NCAA Assisted Independent Probe of Penn State, Emails Suggest

Emails made public on Wednesday suggest the NCAA collaborated with the nominally independent investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal led by the former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, ESPN reports. What became known as the Freeh report served as the underpinning of the unprecedented sanctions the NCAA levied against Pennsylvania State University.

The emails, made public as part of a lawsuit, show that the NCAA provided a list of search terms and potential witnesses to the Freeh t…


California U. of Pennsylvania Seeks Outside Review of Its Football Program

California University of Pennsylvania is seeking an independent third party to lead a “top to bottom” review of its football program following a number of violent incidents involving players and criminal charges against at least 19 current and former players since 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The southwestern Pennsylvania institution previously announced in an online statement that an internal task force led by the athletics director and provost would conduct such a review, but i…


Former Football Player Sues U. of North Carolina Over Sham Courses

A former football player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has filed a federal lawsuit against the university, saying it failed to provide him and other athletes with a quality education by steering them toward sham classes that never met and had no instruction, the Associated Press reports.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the former player, Michael McAdoo, says that the university promised him a good education but ultimately guided him…


NCAA Officials Doubted Own Authority in Rush to Punish Penn State

[Updated (11/5/2014, 7:20 p.m) to include statements from the university and the NCAA.]

A trove of newly released emails show that some NCAA officials doubted the association’s jurisdiction in handing down severe penalties to Pennsylvania State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal. The emails, made public as part of a court case, were first reported on by the blog Onward State.

“I know we are banking on the fact school is so embarrassed they will do anything,” w…


Chapel Hill’s Accreditor to Launch New Review in Wake of Fraud Report

The regional accrediting agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch a second review of the university in the wake of last month’s findings about the scope of an academic-fraud scandal at the institution, the News & Observer reported.

Belle S. Wheelan, president of the agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, said the new review would focus on the findings of an eight-month investigation led by Kenneth L. Wainstein, a…


Political Ad Featuring Kansas State U. Football Coach Sparks Controversy

A political advertisement in which Kansas State University’s head football coach voiced support for a U.S. senator in his bid for re-election has sparked a controversy at the university, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Sen. Pat Roberts’s re-election campaign filmed a television commercial in which Bill Snyder, the Wildcats’ head coach, expressed support for Mr. Roberts, the Republican incumbent in the race.

Kirk H. Schulz, the university’s president, reportedly sent an email to campus le…


Embattled Athletic Director Is Out at U. of Michigan

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has announced that David Brandon, the embattled athletic director whose job has been on thin ice for months, will resign, according to news-media reports. The university’s president, Mark S. Schlissel, made the announcement at a news conference on Friday afternoon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that questions over Mr. Brandon’s job security have stemmed, in part, from a strained relationship with the university’s Board of Regents. Before he was appointed …


Pa. University Cancels Football Game After 5 Players Are Arrested

California University of Pennsylvania has canceled Saturday’s home football game and suspended five players from the university after the players were arrested and charged in connection with an incident that the institution suggested involved violence, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The university did not identify the players, nor did it release details about the incident. It said the Vulcans’ home football game on Saturday against Gannon University had been called off.

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