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Anatomy of an Academic Fraud

March 2015

In the wake of the public reporting of academic improprieties at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, colleges and universities should consider whether similar academic violations could exist on their campuses. This case demonstrates the necessity of understanding how academic fraud can gain a foothold.

This white paper discusses the use of some relevant indicators of academic fraud at UNC. The information is based on the report, “Investigation of Irregular Classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” presented by the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. This paper addresses how data analytics can be proactively used to detect and monitor for instances of potential academic fraud.

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