The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal

Unverified: The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal from Bradley Bethel on Vimeo.

After a college writing tutor’s colleagues are falsely accused in a university athletics scandal, he becomes determined to set the record straight. Along the way, he realizes he’s up against more than he anticipated.

“A riveting watch . . . a must-see.” – Art Chansky, author of Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Glass City Film Festival

UNVERIFIED Now Streaming Through Campus Libraries Worldwide


Unverified: The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal is now available to stream for free through campus libraries worldwide. The filmmakers are proud to announce a partnership with the on-demand video service Kanopy to bring Unverified to students and faculty around the world.

Kanopy has emerged as the worldwide leader in providing on-demand video streaming to campus libraries. Reaching more than 3,000 campuses in the U.S. and beyond, Kanopy’s collection of documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics, and blockbuster movies now exceeds 26,000 titles.

Students and faculty can follow the link button to find out whether their campus has partnered with Kanopy to make Unverified available to stream for free:


Students at non-partnering campuses should contact us to inquire about our student discount to watch Unverified on Vimeo On Demand. Faculty and staff at non-partnering campuses should contact us to obtain an educational license to screen Unverified in the classroom or elsewhere on campus.

A (Counter) Q&A on the UNC Scandal


There have been statements made, numerous articles written, and intense and widespread speculation about this case during the past five years. The temptation to use public speculation and other unverified information is a very real part of this case. – UNC Response to NCAA Amended Notice of Allegations, August 1, 2016

After five years of sensationalized media coverage, a more accurate narrative about UNC’s paper-class scandal is finally beginning to circulate.

No one denies that what happened in UNC’s African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department makes for an embarrassing chapter in the history of the nation’s oldest public university. As I have consistently argued for the past two and half years, the paper-class scandal exposes a troubling reality of American research universities: the utter disregard for teaching quality at the undergraduate level. How else do we explain the failure of UNC deans to notice that the chair of the AFAM department essentially skipped class for more than a decade? Continue reading

UNVERIFIED Coming to Vimeo On Demand



June 20, 2016

Chapel Hill, NC – The award-winning documentary Unverified: The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal is set to be released on June 30, through the online platform Vimeo On Demand. The film follows director Bradley Bethel for a year after after he leaves his job as a UNC writing tutor to defend his two colleagues who were unfairly blamed for the scandal that has made national headlines. Continue reading