Aug 14, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill leaders are investigating how an apparent student-athlete’s transcript ended up on the school's website.
UNC will not confirm or deny the transcript is that of former football and basketball player Julius Peppers, but the transcript raises questions about whether the current academic scandal dates back 10 years or more.
A search of the UNC website turned up a result called “Grade Summary for Julius Frazier Peppers.” The link was taken down but not before some screen shots were saved.
The apparent transcript shows Peppers took four independent studies courses in the African and Afro-American Studies department, including the same one three times. Those classes, which don't require class time, were some of the more than four dozen classes that were the focus of a WRAL investigation earlier this month.
According to the record, Peppers received at least a B in three of those courses. Courses outside that department were mostly C's, D's, and F's.
"Student academic records should never be accessible to the public, and the University is investigating reports of what appears to be a former student transcript on the University's website," UNC said in a statement Monday.
The transcript does not list an instructor for the classes so it is unclear if Peppers took classes from the former department head, Julius Nyang'oro, who stepped down this summer because of the academic scandal.
UNC, which is currently reviewing the African and Afro-American Studies irregularities, hasn't said if it will review these earlier classes. Instead, the focus is on the release of the transcript, a possible violation of federal law.
If the transcript that labeled Peppers is accurate, the finding raises more questions about the courses and whether Peppers was even eligible to play.
Attempts by WRAL to reach Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey, went unanswered Monday. Carey was Peppers’ academic advisor at UNC before becoming his professional agent.
Peppers played at Carolina from 1999 to 2001 and was selected No. 2 overall by the Carolina Panthers.
NC STATE UNIVERSITY- Where the failure of other is our success!
- Posted by senor wufDeacons, I've always had respect for you but come on man.- Posted by MarcoPolo
It's an epidemic issue at UNC-CHeat. Academics takes a backseat to tuition and athletics. They want to get as many students as they can through their system so they can get more students and more dollars. It's a system not a place for academic learning.
A degree from UNC-CHeat is not worth much at all UNLESS it's from one of their graduate schools like denistry and pharmacy. The undergrad degrees are literally a dime a dozen.
It takes very little to be a Tarhole undergrad.
It's sad that someone actually thinks this. "A dime a dozen"? They may have pulled strings for football and now accusations of basketball, but students that go there for an education work hard to earn their degrees.
Please explain to me why this has not brought into question the academics of the basketball team? After all, Peppers was on the basketball team too and his coaches had to be aware of his academic record and I wonder what other basketball players are in the same boat?- Posted by Deacons