For former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, the student judicial system has taken on a whole new level of importance.
McAdoo filed a lawsuit Friday against Chancellor Holden Thorp, the University and the NCAA in an attempt to regain his eligibility to play football at UNC.
Noah Huffstetler, McAdoo’s lawyer, said the suit is based on the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance. In a letter to the NCAA on June 3, Huffstetler wrote that the University Honor Court is “the only body authorized to determine facts and access culpability in Mr. McAdoo’s case,” according to the Instrument.
In October, McAdoo was tried before the Honor Court on academic charges relating to two classes he took during his freshman year — from fall 2008 through summer 2009.
The court found McAdoo to be guilty of submitting a former tutor’s work on a works cited page as his own in a Swahili class in July 2009, and recommended that he be eligible to play football again beginning in fall 2011. The court found McAdoo to be not guilty on all other charges.