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Appeals court won't revive lawsuit over UNC sham classes

Posted April 18

UNC Academics Investigation

— A state appeals court won't revive a lawsuit by two former athletes who say they were harmed by sham classes at the University of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Charlotte-area judge properly dismissed their case last year.

James Arnold and Leah Metcalf are ex-members of the UNC football and women's basketball teams who argued the courses have hurt their career prospects. Appeals court judges wrote they hadn't sufficiently shown that.

Their lawsuit stemmed from an academic scandal over classes in UNC's African and Afro-American Studies department. Metcalf and Arnold say they were steered to courses that lacked class meetings and supervision.

A spokeswoman said UNC applauds the ruling. The athletes' lawyer Cyrus Mehri said they disagree with the ruling and are reviewing options.

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  • Arron Lee Apr 19, 8:53 a.m.
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    So I don't understand this. Two student athletes were claiming that taking AA courses has "hurt" their career prospects? Didn't realize anyone held a gun to their head and forced them to take the courses in question. When I was in college, "we" chose which courses to take. We had an adviser, but the final decision was ours. Whether right or wrong, such courses are the reason so many students qualify academically to play sports in the first place.

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