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Investigation of UNC football team handed to Honor System

UNC’s Office of Student Affairs concluded its investigation into the Aug. 4 incident involving Boyer, according to a statement released by the University Thursday.

Four football players — Des Lawrence, Brian Walker, M.J. Stewart and Donnie Miles — were suspended from playing in the Liberty game because of the incident. They returned for the Sept. 6 game against San Diego State University.

Lawrence and Walker started against the Aztecs, while Boyer did not play. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said at Thursday’s Student-Athlete Academic Initiatives Working Group meeting that he could not provide any additional information about the investigation.

“On Wednesday (Sept. 10), the Dean of the Office of Students and the Office of Student Conduct provided the results of that investigation to the student attorney general as the next step in the student-led honor system,” the press release said.

“The student attorney general receives reports of possible student behavior violations and independently determines whether to file disciplinary charges.”

Due to student privacy rights, Dominguez said she could not comment on the specifics of the case.

The Honor Code, also known as the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, outlines the process of how Dominguez will make her decision about the case.

“The applicable student attorney general shall review and investigate reports of Honor Code violations that have been referred by members of the University community, police authorities or citizens outside of the University community because of the possible implications of the conduct in question,” the Honor Code states.

Yahoo Sports first reported the incident on Aug. 26, more than 20 days after the alleged assault occurred, saying the University confirmed it was investigating a training camp incident at the hotel Aloft Chapel Hill.

Rick White, associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs, said he couldn’t confirm that the University had ruled out hazing.

“We can’t characterize it one way or the other,” White said.

White also said he couldn’t name a specific date when the Office of Student Affairs began its investigation.

“Shortly after the University officially learned of it, we began an investigation right away,” he said.

Although the incident occurred off campus, the Honor Court is still able to investigate.

“The Instrument covers University interests, and part of my decision is whether or not a University interest was implicated,” Dominguez said.

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