Student accused of records theft appears in court

The UNC student accused of stealing confidential student records for 31 students from a University building made his first appearance in court today.

Garrett Haywood appeared before a judge at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, where he received an Aug. 15 court date.

Haywood is charged with felony breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods valued at $1.

He allegedly broke into the student judicial system office in Student and Academic Services Building North, taking the student conduct records.

University officials discovered the break-in at around 8 a.m. Monday and have been contacting the students whose records have been stolen, according to a UNC News release.

Haywood was arrested Wednesday on $2,500 secured bail. He was brought before the Orange County magistrate and posted bail, avoiding jail time.

The judicial system office houses the University’s student-led Honor Court, which has recently received attention for its failure to identify plagiarism in a former football player’s academic paper.

Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Thursday that Jan Boxill, chairwoman of the faculty council, has agreed to gather a group of faculty to consider changes or improvements to the University’s honor system in light of the football investigation.

Haywood will be represented by attorneys Mark Bibbs and Dustin Pittman from Wilson.

Haywood, Bibbs and Pittman declined to comment on the case.

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