Winston-Salem State University Corruption Probe, Grade Falsification and Political Intimidation

Winston-Salem State University Corruption Probe, Grade Falsification and Political Intimidation

•Source alleges WSSU provost is behind falsification of grades.

•WSSU under fire for allegedly boosting graduation rates.

•Larry Little, an activist for the Black Panthers and Democratic Party, purportedly violated UNC political activity guidelines.

Little, an activist in the Forsyth County, N.C., community—both for the Democratic Party and the Winston-Salem Black Panthers—provides students with extra credit should they work on campaigns. He recently came under scrutiny for purportedly violating guidelines set by the University of North Carolina (UNC) system—of which WSSU is a member—in regards to political activity. These guidelines explicitly state that university employees are forbidden from engaging in political activity when on work time.

Last September, Little invited Democratic councilman Derwin Montgomery, who was running for reelection, to speak to his class. Little then offered his students the opportunity to leave class early in order to vote. Several students accepted rides from Montgomery’s campaign to cast their ballots. While Little wasn’t working for Montgomery’s campaign this go around, he served as Montgomery’s campaign manager during his first run for office in 2009.

“This particular individual has a lot of capital in town,” a professor familiar WSSU’s Social Sciences Department told Campus Reform anonymously for fear of retribution by the university. “This is not the first time that this individual has been accused of doing that.”

The university acknowledged the incident and launched an investigation. However, it is unclear what—if any—consequences Little received; WSSU told Campus Reform the matter is a “confidential personnel issue that was reviewed and responded to using University sanctioned policies and procedures.”


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