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College Sports, Education

UNC Release of Records: Student-Athletes and Parking Tickets

The NCAA investigation of alleged rules-violations at the University of North
Carolina has taken another step—but this action involves compliance with a
court order. Specifically, UNC will adhere to a state court order and release
phone records and parking ticket citations involving student-athletes that were
requested by numerous media organizations. UNC previously cited the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as the reason for withholding the
records. Interestingly, according to NBC Sports, the parking violation
records will show a group of UNC student-athletes “accumulated more than
$13,000 in parking citations over a 3 1/2 year period”. A student-athlete’s failure to pay a campus fine or fee without consequences (which other students are required to pay) constitutes an extra-benefit and a violation of NCAA legislation. The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions: a) educate student-athletes concerning NCAA awards and benefits legislation (including: student-athletes’ obligation to pay parking tickets and fines); and b) coordinate with auxiliary entities (e.g., parking services) to ensure student-athletes follow institutional policy and procedures concerning paying fines and fees.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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