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ARTICLE ID 195709

$________ – RETALIATION – ACADEMIC ADVISOR ALLEGES RETALIATION FOR ALLEGING ACADEMIC FRAUD – VIOLATION OF STATE WHISTLEBLOWER ACT AND FIRST AMENDMENT OF U.S. CONSTITUTION.

Wake County, NC

In this action, a former university academic advisor accused her former employer of retaliation for reporting academic fraud that was engaged in or otherwise permitted by some to help athletes in "revenue" sports maintain academic eligibility under NCAA regulations.

The matter was resolved via settlement.

The plaintiff, Mary W., is a former academic advisor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The plaintiff claimed she was retaliated against by her former employer after publicly criticizing the literacy levels of UNC-Chapel Hill athletes – accusing the defendant university of lax standards for student-athletes, and engaging in academic fraud to benefit the athletes. In July ________, the plaintiff received a de facto demotion and received various retaliatory measures, such as additional job duties requiring "extensive training." The plaintiff ultimately resigned at the end of the ________-________ school year.

In July ________, the plaintiff filed suit in the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina, accusing the defendant of retaliating against her for speaking out about academic fraud. The defendants were accused of retaliation in violation of the state Whistleblower Act and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiff further asserted claims of defamation against the chancellor, provost, and dean for the university. The defendant asserted that plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies by filing a university grievance and then filing a lawsuit before the final agency decision for the same. The defendant further asserted that plaintiff forwent any civil claim for retaliation, because she resigned rather than be terminated.The parties settled their dispute $________, including legal fees and $________ in back pay, with defendants agreeing to cover the mediation costs.

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