Cadwalader Completes Independent Investigation into Academic Irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Oct 22, 2014

A Cadwalader team led by Kenneth L. Wainstein, chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, and supported by associates A. Joseph Jay III and Colleen Depman Kukowski, has issued its findings concerning academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The report, titled “Investigation of Irregular Classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” was made public earlier today.

Since the independent investigation was launched in February, Wainstein and his team have worked closely with the university to develop a comprehensive, far-reaching assessment of the facts. The report, based on a thorough investigative methodology and a clearly defined scope, encompasses extensive email and document reviews, and in-depth interviews with faculty members, athletic department staff, academic advisors, athletic academic counselors in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes, administrators and students.

Kenneth Wainstein is a long-time federal prosecutor and a former U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and homeland security advisor to President George W. Bush. In 2013, he was retained by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to conduct an external review into improprieties allegedly committed by the NCAA’s Enforcement Staff during their investigation of the University of Miami and its sports program. 

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