The North Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear a public records case involving The Daily Tar Heel demanding UNC release the names, offenses and disciplinary actions taken by the University against faculty or students who committed instances of sexual misconduct during their affiliation with UNC.
The State Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the media coalition led by the DTH last April.
"I’m confident that the Court of Appeals ruling will be upheld," said Rachel Jones, the newspaper's editor. "I’m proud to be part of a paper that is fighting for press freedom."
In November 2016, The Daily Tar Heel sued UNC after the University denied a public records request, claiming the information contained educational records protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).In May 2017, the North Carolina Superior Court ruled that disclosure of those records was at the University's discretion.
Hugh Stevens, who represents The Daily Tar Heel, appealed the decision in September of 2017. The N.C. Court of Appeals sided with the media, ruling the University 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. The following month, UNC filed petitions to the North Carolina Supreme Court.