UNC-CH Grads on State Supreme Court Throw Their Alma Mater a Bone in Academic Fraud Scandal

A day after UNC-Chapel Hill wrapped up its meeting with the NCAA’s infractions committee, North Carolina’s highest court has delivered the university a victory in a separate — but related — case.

The N.C. Supreme Court has denied a petition from former student-athletes James Arnold and Leah Metcalf. The plaintiffs wanted the Supreme Court to hear their argument that UNC-CH had committed academic fraud hurting them and other student-athletes.

Both a Mecklenburg County trial judge and a unanimous N.C. Court of Appeals panel already had rejected the suit. The state Supreme Court offered no comment. Court paperwork indicated that justices denied the plaintiffs’ petition to take up the case. Since the Appeals Court decision had been unanimous, the Supreme Court would have needed to grant “discretionary review” to consider Arnold and Metcalf’s arguments.

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