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Kenneth Wainstein's report set for Wednesday

Kenneth Wainstein, the former federal prosecutor UNC retained for $990 an hour to investigate academic misconduct among University athletes, will release his report during a special meeting between the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.

Wainstein, whose team includes Joseph Jay, Colleen Kukowski and Katherine Preston from his Washington, D.C., law firm, was retained eight months ago.

A press conference releasing the report will be held at 1 p.m. at Kenan-Flagler Business School following the joint meeting of the Boards of Trustees and Governors. Chancellor Carol Folt, UNC-system President Tom Ross and Wainstein will all be available for questions following the release.

“The last few years have been difficult for our community. I believe this report will allow us to have a complete picture of what happened at Carolina and build on the numerous reforms we have already put in place,” Folt said in an email to the UNC community Monday.

There is also an open meeting Wednesday about the report at 5 p.m. at the Genome Sciences Building.

“I understand that many of you have questions, and I hope that many will be answered on Wednesday,” Folt said in the campuswide email.

Student Body President Andrew Powell said he hopes this report brings clarity and closure to this chapter of UNC’s history.

“I think that from the onset, (Wainstein) was charged with asking the tough questions and getting to the bottom of this,” Powell said. “I think the University is responding in the right way by having a thorough, completely independent investigation.”

At the Board of Governors meeting in June, Wainstein said he and his team reviewed thousands of emails and student records dating back to the 1980s.

“Carolina believes this investigation provides the only way to truly understand and address what went wrong,” a University statement said on the Carolina Commitment website.

“We have taken actions and implemented initiatives to ensure proper oversight and support is provided across the University. The findings in Mr. Wainstein’s report will be used to further strengthen processes and policies to ensure nothing like this can happen again at Carolina.”

Powell echoed the University’s sentiments, saying this report needs to bring an end to the scandal.

“We really need to do this right and address any remaining issues while turning the focus back to current students,” Powell said.

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