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Files stolen from UNC Honor Court office

Posted August 1, 2011
Updated August 2, 2011

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— Campus police said Monday that they were investigating a burglary of a student affairs building at the University of North Carolina campus in which confidential files were stolen from the UNC Honor Court.

The break-in at the Student and Academic Services Building North occurred sometime after 5:30 p.m. Friday and was discovered Monday morning, police said. A wall and a window were damaged, and the records for 31 students were taken, police said.

Investigators didn't say whether the files were easily accessible or if the thieves had to search for it. They also didn't disclose whether the files were for pending or past cases.

The Honor Court hears cases where students are accused of academic and other misconduct and, if necessary, decides the appropriate punishment.

UNC officials said they were trying to contact each of the 31 students Monday to inform them of the theft. Investigators wouldn't say whether they suspected any of the students in the crime.

Officials also declined today to answer questions about how the Honor Court records are secured and if anybody faces disciplinary action because of the theft.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call UNC investigator Ross Barbee at 919-962-0564 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

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  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Aug 5, 2011

    Hmmmmmmmmm........Fishy....

  • FAN72 Aug 2, 2011

    Seems like none of the important questions were addressed.

  • chfdcpt Aug 2, 2011

    1) Were the files in consecutive order? This would imply that the culprit was just trying to make sure he/she/they got the ONE they really wanted without taking the time to finger through each folder.

    Take them all, it covers it that way.

    2) Were any student athlete's(s) file/files included?

    Are they being investigated? Yes.

    3) If student athlete files were included, in which athletic depts. were they participants?

    Football and basketball?

    4) If these files are so confidential, why was there not better security (ie cameras) in place?

    First time this has happened in that building.

    5) Were any of the students whose files were stolen once benefactors of Jennifer Wiley's tutoring service?

    We will not know, the files are most likely shredded by now.

  • hotlapsmag Aug 2, 2011

    Gosh, glad I went to State. These guys are messed up.

  • 42ITUS Aug 2, 2011

    This mystery has all the markings of good political training...lying, cheating, and stealing.

  • Raleigh GoLo Aug 2, 2011

    The removal of these 31 files is probably a diversion.

    There is probably a file still intact that has had incriminating information either removed or replaced.

    They’ll most likely find the 31 that are missing consist of minor Honor Code violations of which the outcome of the Honor Court would be of minimal consequence to the student(s) involved.

  • djcgriffin Aug 2, 2011

    Wow! I've been down to the new Honor Court suite with the Dean of Students office and it seems like it is tight...you actually have to have a special key to get into the suite door and it locks each time....I wonder if someone was careless and left the suite door unlocked...but then the culprit would also have to get into the file room...hmmmm

  • fzero Aug 2, 2011

    Wait....why have their files not been digitized and the hard copies destroyed?

  • kodac31 Aug 2, 2011

    Anyone with a record in that "honor court" who is applying to Law School would be a Prime Suspect! The things lawyers and even pre-lawyers will do...LOL! Astonishing, & they wonder why their profession is looked upon as "unethical people"

  • FAN72 Aug 2, 2011

    Questions that beg to be answered by the authorities:

    1) Were the files in consecutive order? This would imply that the culprit was just trying to make sure he/she/they got the ONE they really wanted without taking the time to finger through each folder.

    2) Were any student athlete's(s) file/files included?

    3) If student athlete files were included, in which athletic depts. were they participants?

    4) If these files are so confidential, why was there not better security (ie cameras) in place?

    5) Were any of the students whose files were stolen once benefactors of Jennifer Wiley's tutoring service?

    If the conspiracy theories are going to be put to rest, these and similar questions need to be addressed as soon as possible.

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