UNC has recently been exposed for its phony independent studies classes, a scam that was cooked up by the university for athletes to earn easy A's. Here is an example of a football player's ridiculous, one-paragraph final paper that got an A-, securing his position on his team.
The courses, colloquially referred to as "paper classes" by athletes, require no attendance and the barely-literate students who take them need to only submit one paper for the entire semester. Academic advisors instructed athletes to take these classes. Mary Willingham, a UNC advisor turned whistleblower, has lifted the curtain on the corrupt practice. In an interview with ESPN, she shared some of the essays written by athletes that earned high grades. One flashed on the screen titled, "Rosa Parks: My Story." Here is the full text:
On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. "Let me have those front seats" said the driver. She didn't get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. "I'm going to have you arrested," said the driver. "You may do that," Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them "why do you all push us around?" The police officer replied and said "I don't know, but the law is the law and you're under arrest."
The Government Accountability Project (GAP), a non-profit set up to protect whistleblowers, is now investigating whether Willingham has been intimidated by school officials since speaking out.