Media law professor Cathy Packer said the law gives Chancellor Carol Folt the discretion to release the names, an opportunity she thinks Folt should have taken.
“When I was watching the press conference on television in my living room — when the chancellor got to the part where she said she couldn’t release the names of those people because of state personnel records — I started jumping up and down in the middle of my living room, yelling at the television,” she said.
“Yes, she absolutely could reveal the names of those people, there is the provision in the law that says that these types of records can be made available if it’s essential to maintain the integrity of a government department.”
Rick White, a University spokesman, declined to comment for this story.
Packer, who is the co-director of the Center for Media Law and Policy, said keeping the names private creates more bad publicity for UNC.
“Clearly our integrity is on the line. I mean, there’s never been a clearer case,” she said.
Jenny Surane, editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel, said she thinks UNC would be acting to protect its integrity by releasing the names.
“Obviously, people undergoing disciplinary action because they were implicated in the Wainstein report aren’t doing wonders for the University’s integrity,” she said.