The release of a UNC athlete's name in conjunction with information about his drug test results is an invasion of the student's privacy and should be an embarrassment to officials.
Athletics officials should work with the Office of University Counsel to devise a system to ensure that lapses of this sort do not happen again in the future.
In an article published Wednesday, The (Durham) Herald-Sun noted that an athlete recently suspended from the team for a drug citation might have failed a drug test before. The Herald-Sun cited a letter, obtained through a public-records request, in which the University forgot to black out the player's name.
The letter, obtained by the paper in July, was one of 12 sent to athletes and their parents to notify them of failed drug-test results, The Herald-Sun reported.
By requiring drug tests, officials assume responsibility for protecting the privacy of the students tested. Officials' inability to keep that information secure undermines the trust students should have in them.