by Jane S. Shaw
So far largely ignored by the University of North Carolina system, a serious academic scandal has surfaced at Winston-Salem State University. Shira Hedgepeth, an administrator at the school until she was fired in 2011, found indications of students’ cheating, but her concerns were ignored–and she was terminated. When an article about her appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal, other people familiar with conditions at WSSU shared their concerns with her, and one former faculty member provided evidence that administrators had changed students’ grades. There’s a racial element in all this, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agreed that Hedgepeth was fired partly because of her race. (She is white; WSSU is a historically black school.) Hedgepeth lays it all out on the Pope Center site today.