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NCAA Finds No Violations at UMKC After Instructor Alleges Improper Grade Changes

The NCAA determined no rules-violations occurred at the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC) after a former adjunct instructor alleged the institution engaged in the inflation of a student-athlete’s grade (through an improper grade change) over his objections. According to a report posted on the Inside Higher Ed website, UMKC received a letter from the NCAA concerning the association’s finding. In the letter, “an NCAA investigator writes that no violations occurred, saying that the changing of the athlete’s grade was done through a legitimate appeals process and without athletic department involvement. The grade change didn’t affect the athlete’s eligibility.” When the allegations surfaced, UMKC denied any wrongdoing. UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton, in a written statement, commended the NCAA review, but condemned media organizations for reporting “unsubstantiated allegations made by a single disgruntled part-time instructor”. Morton noted that “it took the organization only four working days to investigate the matter and come to this conclusion speaks volumes about the utter lack of substance to these baseless allegations”.

For complete articles on this story, please click on the following links: Inside Higher Ed; and Kansas City Star.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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