For 18 years, UNC's academic improprieties went unnoticed by the NCAA.

An agency's oversight: How NCAA enforcement policies failed to catch scandal at UNC

One day, someone will tally up all the mail that comes into the NCAA office in Indianapolis and discover it circles the globe twice — or some other preposterous factoid. But in 2010, there was just another full inbox for an NCAA enforcement staff member to go through, with an email from Mary Willingham.


Mary Willingham

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Whistleblower lawsuit might move to federal court

The whistleblower lawsuit brought by former learning specialist Mary Willingham will be heard in a federal court if UNC has its way. Experts say the move could mean the University will see a much quicker end to a lawsuit that has painted the nation's oldest public University as a place that retaliates against its employees for sticking up for academic propriety.“There could be some strategy behind this move, given the sympathy, or lack thereof, that judges in the Eastern district may have towards these claims,” said Christopher Griffin, an assistant law professor at the College of William and Mary who studies employment discrimination law.