A former academic adviser at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, who revealed academic fraud and then sued the school to get her job back, is speaking  out now after settling her case.  "I don't think whistleblowers are very popular to employ . . . after they speak out," Mary Willingham tells Time Warner cable, after settling her case for $335,000 in a deal that did not allow her to return to the university. 
In the wake of the revelations made by Willingham, UNC now faces two class action lawsuits from former athletes claiming they did not receive the education to which they were entitled.

In the wake of revelations over academic fraud aimed at keeping athletes eligible, University of North Carolina is facing multiple lawsuits over denial of education opportunities.

CNN reports that former basketball player Kenya McBee has joined a putative class action lawsuit filed by former football player Mike McAdoo claiming that the university denied athletes the education to which they were entitled by forcing them to take classes that actually never met.

According to CNN, former basketball player Leah Metcalf and former football player James Arnold filed a separate class action making similar allegation.
An independent investigation launched by the university revealed last fall that academic fraud had been rife at UNC for many years, with officials wrongly denying any involvement within the athletics department.

A whistleblower, Mary Willingham, recently settled a lawsuit relating to her contentions about the university.