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Investigation continues into UNC Honor Court break-in

Posted August 4, 2011 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2011 7:22 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.