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Investigation continues into UNC Honor Court break-in

Posted August 4, 2011

— University of North Carolina police said Thursday that they are continuing their investigation of a recent break-in at an office building on the Chapel Hill campus in which confidential files were stolen from the UNC Honor Court.

A man charged in the case made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon but declined to comment.

Garrett Lee Haywood, 22, was arrested Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. He has been released on bond.

According to UNC, Haywood was enrolled as a full-time student in the spring semester and was scheduled to graduate in May. Yet, the university still classifies him as a senior majoring in political science.

The break-in at the Student and Academic Services Building North building occurred over the weekend and was discovered Monday morning, police said. The records for 31 students were taken, police said.

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

Police wouldn't say if any of the students were connected to the theft or if any of the stolen records involved Haywood.

Garrett Haywood in court Investigation continues into UNC Honor Court break-in

Randy Young, a spokesman for the UNC Department of Public Safety, said there is no evidence to indicate that the stolen records are linked to any athletics investigation.

The Honor Court's credibility was damaged recently when it was revealed that the system failed to pick up on a paper plagiarized by former football player Michael McAdoo.

Chancellor Holden Thorp has talked to some faculty members about possibly reviewing the Honor Court system in the aftermath of the McAdoo case.

UNC officials said they are still trying to contact each of the 31 students to inform them of the records theft.


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  • mountainlover Aug 8, 2011

    sckinton60: "Sounds like" and reality are two different things. In each move, I received a salary increase and/or a promotion. I bettered myself to change positions!

  • skinnyCat Aug 5, 2011

    a political science student arrested after a break-in at an office building? Not a hotel?

  • sckinton60 Aug 5, 2011

    mountainlover: "worked at 4 schools" Sounds like you can't get along anywhere and by the way,State wasn't one of them.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 5, 2011

    This guy is protecting someone else.

    It would be interesting to know who this guy was working for when he stole the 31 records.

  • mountainlover Aug 5, 2011

    EyesintheSkies: If you believe that lying, cheating, and stealing is restricted to Carolina, then that says something about where you fall on the bell curve--and it is not on the right hand side. I have worked at four schools. There were students who lied, cheated, and stole at ALL four.

  • EyesintheSkies Aug 5, 2011

    "there is no evidence to indicate that the stolen records are linked to any athletics investigation."

    There is also no link between the moon's effect on the tides. The Carolina Way......lie, cheat, steal.