Two UNC employees fired in fallout from Wainstein Report

CHAPEL HILL (WNCN) – Two employees at the University of North Carolina have been fired, one faculty member has been restricted from future administrative duties and three people have been cleared, UNC said Thursday.

The personnel announcements came after a review following the Wainstein Report of 2014.

The review process was designed to determine if these employees knowingly participated in or facilitated the irregular courses, Carolina said.

According to Carolina:

— Brent Blanton, associate director of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA), was fired Wednesday.

— Travis Gore, administrative assistant in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, was fired Wednesday.

— Roberta (Bobbi) Owen, professor of dramatic art and former senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, is permanently restricted from having any future programmatic or administrative leadership responsibilities at the university. Her faculty employment is not otherwise affected, Carolina said.

Three other employees were cleared of wrongdoing: Corey Holliday, associate director of athletics; Alphonse Mutima, lecturer, Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies; and Andre’ Williams, associate director of development, Arts and Sciences Foundation, and former director of football student-athlete development.

UNC said the reviews considered whether the employees knowingly helped create the circumstances that allowed the irregular courses to be conducted, knowingly directed students to the classes, or were in a position to know about and stop the wrongdoing and failed to do so.

Wainstein and his team interviewed 126 individuals during an eight-month investigation in 2014.