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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A panel reviewing how the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill allowed and responded to academic fraud says it cannot resolve all the questions, but accepts earlier investigations that cleared athletics officials.

Some members of the university system's governing board not on the panel reacted to Thursday's report with disbelief.

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell said the scandal that helped prompt Chancellor Holden Thorp's resignation and football coach Butch Davis's firing had deeper roots in athletics. Mitchel says it's inconceivable that the only people with blame were the two African studies administrators blamed in earlier reports.

Dozens of courses in UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of African and Afro-American Studies had instructors who didn't teach, grades that were changed and grade reports faked going back 14 years.

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