Former UNC star and current Chicago Bear Julius Peppers confirmed today that it was his academic transcript that someone posted on the university’s website last week.
The school never confirmed the authenticity of the document and no one knows for sure how or who posted the link to the transcript. Peppers released a statement through his agent today .
“This week has been an upsetting and challenging week for me, as one of my most private academic documents appeared on the university’s website for public examination,’’ he said. “I’m terribly disappointed in the fact that my privacy has been violated, as well as frustrated with whoever negligently and carelessly committed such a flagrant error.’’
The transcript shows that Peppers scored some of his highest grades in classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM).
A recent school investigation has found fraud and poor oversight in 54 AFAM classes between summer 2007 and summer 2011, with football players making up more than a third of the enrollments and student-athletes making up 58 percent of the overall enrollments in those suspect classes.
Peppers went on to say “I can assure everyone that there is no academic fraud as it relates to my college transcript,’’ Peppers said in the statement. “I took every course with qualified members of the UNC faculty and I earned every grade whether it was good or bad.
“I was never given unapproved assistance or preferential treatment in terms of my academic career because I was a student-athlete. I was also never deemed ineligible to compete on any of the football or basketball teams.’’