UNC settles with Willingham for $335,000. Willingham wanted her job back in her suit, but that was not part of the settlement. In her lawsuit against UNC, she claimed she was retaliated against and demoted for exposing nearly two decades of academic fraud, which caused her to resign amid the scandal. Willingham:
It gets me out far enough that I will be able to get a job.
We believe the settlement is in the best interest of the university and allows us to move forward and fully focus on other important issues.
A report regarding the investigation of academic fraud in athletics at the University of North Carolina reveals that over 3,100 students have been taking ‘paper classes’ over a course of 18 years. Kenneth Wainstein, former federal prosecutor hired by UNC to investigate the academic fraud, reveals in his report that student athletes were enrolled in fake ‘paper classes’ that allowed them to remain in the system. The University fires four employees and disciplines five more due to their roles in the scandal. Wainstein:
These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible.