UNC President to Attend Forum on College Athletes

By Danny Hooley Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

Next week, University of North Carolina President Tom Ross will take part in public discussions about college sports and academic values, at the invitation of the Knight Commission.

According to a press release from UNC, Ross will attend the sessions in Miami, Florida on Monday as an “independent participant.”

Panelists and Commission members will discuss proposed changes to the NCAA governing model.

They’ll also talk about the future of academic reforms for student-athletes.

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics promotes academic values in college sports.

UNC has been taking a more pro-active stance in recent months, in dealing with a long-running academic scandal regarding athletes.

In late February, Ross and UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt hired former Justice Department Attorney Kenneth Wainstein.

He’ll review State Bureau of Investigation findings about the Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

That department is alleged to have offered courses to student athletes without holding the actual classes.

It’s also alleged that grades for athletes were changed without authorization.

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