Wainstein Report Set to be Released

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina will release the findings of Kenneth Wainstein's investigation this week, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

University administrators are planning to host a press conference on Wednesday in conjunction with the release of the report, sources confirmed.

The school retained the services of Wainstein, a partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in Washington, D.C. and a former federal prosecutor, at the beginning of the year to conduct an independent investigation into academic irregularities and any possible connection to the athletics department. The school has conducted numerous prior investigations into these matters, and none have found any evidence that the athletics department pushed students into fraudulent classes. UNC said new information made available by the cooperation of Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall's work with the State Bureau of Investigation and its subjects necessitated an additional - and conclusive - investigation.

“We have directed Mr. Wainstein to ask the tough questions, follow the facts wherever they lead, and get the job done," UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said upon hiring Wainstein.

Wainstein informed UNC's Board of Governors in June of his objective: "The mandate ... was to get out all the facts. Whatever they are, get them out and get them out once and for all."

Wainstein said that he has interviewed hundreds of individuals, searched millions of electronic documents and reviewed thousands of academic transcripts going back three decades.

"Our team is completely independent from the University," Wainstein said earlier this year. "We alone are the ones deciding on what our investigative plan and strategy is. We are the ones deciding whom to talk to, what questions to ask, what records we want, what emails we need, what new avenues to pursue."

The NCAA informed UNC in June that it would be reopening its 2011 investigation into the school's possible academic irregularities. Wainstein has confidentially shared his findings with the NCAA throughout his investigation. Multiple sources confirm that the NCAA's investigation is already underway, but has not provided a timetable for the conclusion of its re-investigation.

"Since 2011, the University has conducted and commissioned numerous reviews of this matter and provided the NCAA with updates," said Bubba Cunningham, UNC's director of athletics, this summer. "The University has instituted numerous academic reforms based on findings from earlier reports ... We remain committed to learning from our past so that we can move forward to building a stronger University."

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