UNC academic scandal: ex-prof to plead not guilty

A defense attorney says a former professor at the center of an

academic scandal involving athletes at the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill will plead not guilty to a felony fraud


Julius Nyang’oro, a former chairman of the school’s Department

of African and Afro-American Studies, is accused of receiving

$12,000 for a lecture course while holding no classes.

After an initial hearing Tuesday, attorney Bill Thomas said

Nyang’oro would plead not guilty. He says it was an ”unfortunate

decision” to charge Nyang’oro.

A trial date of Dec. 17 was set for Nyang’oro, who turned

himself in to authorities earlier Tuesday. He was released on

$30,000 bond.

He could face up to 10 months in prison if convicted. The

university said it recouped the $12,000.