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Arrest made in UNC Honor Court break-in

Posted August 3, 2011 7:20 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2011 9:54 a.m. EDT

— Police on Wednesday arrested a University of North Carolina student in connection with a recent break-in at an office building on the Chapel Hill campus in which confidential files were stolen from the UNC Honor Court.

Garrett Lee Haywood, 22, was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. His bond was set at $2,500, and he was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

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

Police didn't say whether any of the stolen files pertained to Haywood.

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

UNC officials said they continue trying to contact each of the 31 students to inform them of the theft. They declined to say whether anybody faces disciplinary action because of the theft.

Chancellor Holden Thorp has talked to some faculty members about possibly reviewing the Honor Court system, which had its credibility damaged in a recent court hearing involving former UNC football player Michael McAdoo and the NCAA.

McAdoo plagiarized parts of a paper, and the Honor Court didn't catch it during a hearing into academic misconduct allegations against him.