Topics: Mary Willingham
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.
Keeping Mary Willingham from her old post came at a big price for UNC.
Famed whistleblower Mary Willingham won’t be returning to the University.
UNC retained the New York City-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for help with the University’s “numerous pressing legal challenges.”
Former athletic learning specialist Mary Willingham has always said she filed her lawsuit against UNC for one reason — to get her job back.
When Kenneth Wainstein crafted the final report on his investigation of two decades of academic impropriety, he made at least one thing clear — the University could have known.
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.
Mary Willingham has filed a lawsuit against UNC, claiming the University created a hostile work environment and infringed on her first amendment rights.
Documents released from the University today might prove Mary Willingham and members of her research team failed to follow Family Education Rights and Privacy Act guidelines when she was researching learning disabilities of UNC student-athletes.
Unlike other meetings, the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee did not have an agenda this time.
The woman who has made national headlines for the last four months and has been a magnet for criticism is leaving the University she has tried to reform.
The outside review board reviewing former athletic tutor Mary Willingham’s research has determined that the majority of student-athletes in her test sample could read at a college level.
High-ranking administrators’ treatment of former UNC athletic reading specialist Mary Willingham’s research on student-athlete literacy has come under scrutiny from an outside group.
The battle over the accuracy of Mary Willingham’s research could soon be entering the legal front.
Mary Willingham was working at Chapel Hill High School in 1999 when she says a teacher sent a black male student to her who could not read.