University must release sexual assault records after U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied UNC-Chapel Hill’s appeal regarding the release of sexual assault records, ending a four-year legal battle between the university and local media.

The lawsuit stemmed from a 2016 records request filed by The Daily Tar Heel campus newspaper, the Charlotte Observer, the Herald-Sun and Capitol Broadcasting, which owns WRAL. The request included student disciplinary records for those found responsible for sexual assaults on campus since 2007.

In May, the North Carolina Supreme Court ordered UNC to release the information in compliance with the North Carolina Public Records Act.

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