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Review Agency Hits UNC-Chapel Hill With Probation

PORTSMOUTH, VA – A week after the NCAA leveled five major allegations against UNC-Chapel Hill, an accrediting body has handed down 12 months of probation against the university for failing to meet seven accreditation standards, including academic integrity and control of athletics.

“It’s the most serious sanction we have,” said Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The sanction was decided at a SACS board meeting in Portsmouth, Va. It followed a second review of the university’s academic and athletic scandal, in which 3,100 students took sham classes during a period of nearly two decades.