Chapel Hill - UNC-Chapel Hill has been returned to good standing by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), university Chancellor Carol Folt announced on Thursday.
The state's flagship university had been on probation for a year. in the wake of an academic scandal centering around “paper classes” to help 3,100 students — most of them athletes — over an 18-year period.
In March, UNC sent a 144-page report to SACS in response to SACS questions.
Nine people, including Jan Boxill, a former chairwoman of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, lost their jobs, and the university has seen turnover in athletics leadership and in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, where the no-show classes were centered.
SACS put UNC-Chapel Hill on a 12-month probation on June 11, 2015, after finding that UNC had violated standards in program content, control of intercollegiate athletics, academic support services, academic freedom, faculty role in governance and Title IV program responsibilities.
In a video sent to UNC-Chapel Hill Twitter followers, Folt assured the public that the university’s integrity and academic diligence are fully intact.