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UNC to phase out undergrads as tutors for athletes

Posted September 21, 2011

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— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to stop having undergraduate students tutor its athletes, officials said Wednesday.

The move comes after a former tutor was accused of giving improper help to football players. UNC said it uncovered academic misconduct by Jennifer Wiley and the players last year during an NCAA investigation into players' relationships with sports agents.

The NCAA cited Wiley in the Notice of Allegations it filed against the Tar Heel football program in June.

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Bobbi Owen told the UNC Board of Trustees that the university had 74 tutors who work with athletes. Only four are undergraduates, while 61 are graduate students and nine are public school teachers.

Owen said the university hopes to cut the number of tutors and have each work longer hours so it's easier to track personal relationships. She said UNC also would like to recruit more school teachers and retired faculty as tutors.

The four undergraduates who are still tutoring aren't at risk of losing their jobs because they have done nothing wrong, Owen said. Instead, the university will phase out hiring undergraduates and use them only in "exceptional situations," she said.

UNC officials also told the board that they are reviewing how independent study classes are conducted to ensure academic standards are maintained.

Julius Nyang'oro resigned this month as chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies after a former football player was found to have plagiarized a paper in an independent study class.

UNC has been in defensive mode for more than a year because of the NCAA investigation.

The ultimate fallout from that probe is still to come. University leaders, including Chancellor Holden Thorpe, will travel to Indianapolis Oct. 28 for a meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which will decide how to penalize the university and the team.

UNC has offered to vacate all of its football wins from 2008 and 2009 and cut the number of football scholarships offered by nine over the course of three years.

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  • carrboroyouth Sep 22, 2011

    Come on. One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.

    Good luck getting faculty to do it... they have enough on their hands.

  • holeswishtheycouldcheatlikekcan Sep 22, 2011

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    I BEG YOUR PARDON.THE MOMENT THEY SIGN WITH holes SHOWS IGNORANCE!!!!

  • holeswishtheycouldcheatlikekcan Sep 22, 2011

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    My GOD!Have you turned to HORESS NOW?YOU ARE SICK...

  • GhostofSmitty Sep 22, 2011

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    There were other horses in the barn.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 22, 2011

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    Tutors tutoring is not the problem.

    Tutors cheating, plagiarizing, paying for parking tickets (and who knows what ELSE) and philandering is the problem.

    Obviously, there are going to be SOME tutors that are "star-struck" about the big athletes they tutor. For me, the bigger question is, how does someone in Ms. Wiley's position even HAVE that kind of money to pay out? Coincidentally, she's PAID by Butch for tutoring his own son. Hmmmm. And how does a first-year school teacher afford arguably the BEST attorney in the area, just so she can remain in obscurity?

    If only the NCAA had subpoena power.

  • tran Sep 22, 2011

    They are just closing the barn door after the horse has run off.

  • cussmikemeout Sep 22, 2011

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    I agree with you 100%. My comments were of a satrical nature. The entent was to serve up a little satire soup for the haters who think that their school's athletes don't need,or get any tutoring. I had intent to demean the work tutors do at any university. The point of my comment was that all school have tutors that tutor the same type of athletes. UNC had one tutor that violated her teaching ethics by providing assistance she shouldn't have. I know and understand that tutors are helpful to students other than athletes. However, this is a sports forum and the talk here is directed mostly toward athletes, and schools.

  • ambidextrous cat Sep 22, 2011

    It's unfortunate how one unscrupulous person can ruin potentially positive experiences for other undergrads.

    cussmikemeout: All colleges provide general tutors, the program for athletes is separate. Both State and Duke have tutoring programs. I'd also like to address the misconception that only students who struggle academically require tutoring; the reality is that effective and regular tutoring can also help a student improve his/her work and go from a "B" to an "A".

    jmwbrd: Are you implying that unscrupulous young adults differ from their older and more experienced counterparts? A teacher with a B.A. is now somehow more qualified than a graduate student?

  • cussmikemeout Sep 22, 2011

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    Well, I know that the athletes at UNC were recruited by State and Duke and other universities. Also, signing on the line at Duke and State doesn't suddenly make them smarter, and signing on the line at UNC doesn't make them dumber.

  • holeswishtheycouldcheatlikekcan Sep 22, 2011

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    I knew you would'nt admit it.That was not SARCASM,DEEP DOWN YOU KNOW IT'S THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!1

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