College accrediting agency sends letter to University of North Carolina in wake of report

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has sent a letter to the school in the wake of a report outlining details of an academic scandal.

Spokeswoman Pamela Cravey of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges confirmed Thursday that the letter had been sent to UNC.

Cravey had no additional comment, although president Belle Wheelan said last month that the letter would ask administrators to demonstrate they're still in compliance with standards required for the seal of approval.

UNC spokeswoman Karen Moon said Thursday the school hasn't received the letter.

The report said more than 3,100 students — about half of them athletes — benefited from sham classes and artificially high grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department.

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