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Athlete advocacy group files complaint against UNC

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A student-athlete advocacy group is pursuing a civil-rights complaint against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Student-Athletes Human Rights Project is claiming discrimination against male athletes and particularly black male athletes who were placed in courses requiring only a research paper.

The group filed the complaint Friday to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. It alleges gender and race discrimination because the classes didn't provide a quality education.

The "paper classes" in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department were often billed as lecture courses but were treated as independent studies with no classroom time and significant athlete enrollments. Those classes were among findings of fraud in the department dating to the late 1990s.

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