Correction: North Carolina-Academic Probe story
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- In a story June 9 about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's public relations expenses, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one of the advisers the university paid was a National Basketball Association official. He is an NBA consultant.
A corrected version of the story is below:
UNC-CH spent $500K for PR help in academic scandal
UNC-Chapel Hill spent $500K on PR advice to manage image in academic fraud scandal
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Newly released documents show North Carolina's flagship state university spent more than $500,000 in donated funds over the past two years to manage public impressions about a long-running academic fraud scandal.
The News and Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/ZCCuK3 ) the money went to three firms working to manage the scandal that helped prompt the resignation of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp and the firing of football coach Butch Davis.
Investigations found dozens of courses going back to 1997 in UNC-Chapel Hill's African and Afro-American Studies department that had instructors who didn't teach and grade reports that were faked.
Records show the Fleishman-Hillard PR firm received $367,000, political consultant and National Basketball Association consultant Doug Sosnik received $144,000, and Sheehan Associates of Washington, D.C., received nearly $20,000.