In a ruling issued Tuesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals said UNC must release the names of people found responsible for rape, sexual assault or any related acts of sexual misconduct through the University's Honor Court, Committee on Student Conduct or Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office.
This ruling comes nearly one month after the case was brought before the court at N.C. Central University in Durham, where attorneys for the University argued disclosing such records would be a violation of federal law.
The University responded to the ruling with a statement and reasserted their position — protecting the survivors' privacy. They also said they would continue to evaluate their options.
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"We are disappointed with the N.C. Court of Appeals decision and are examining all legal options as we review the ruling," Joel Curran, vice-chancellor of University communications, said in the statement. "We firmly believe Judge Baddour made the correct decision last May by recognizing the University’s legal and ethical responsibility under federal law to protect the privacy rights of all students."
Erica Perel, the general manager of the Daily Tar Heel, said she's glad the case is coming to a resolution.