UNC releases 4 names related to Wainstein report in court settlement
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In a court settlement with WTVD and a coalition of other media organizations, UNC Chapel Hill Wednesday released the names of four employees who were terminated or retired in the wake of the Wainstein report on academic fraud at the school involving student athletes.
At a news conference in October where the Wainstein report was first made public, the school initially said nine employees had been fired or disciplined and honorary status had been removed from another. But Wednesday there was a clarification. The school said in addition to the four employees who left the school in October, six more employees are currently under review, and could face disciplinary action early next year.
The names of the six were not released pending the outcome of those reviews.
Media outlets have been pressing for the names since October citing open records law – and eventually filing a lawsuit to get them. UNC initially declined to name them saying disclosure wasn’t required until an employee had finished with the appeals process. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ordered all sides into mediation at a hearing earlier this month.
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