North Carolina has stopped the research of a reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of football and basketball players at the school until she receives approval from a review board.
The school said Thursday evening it has notified Mary Willingham that she can't continue to use data with information that could identify the subjects until she applies to the university's review board that governs human research.
In a statement, the school said researchers don't require board approval for research if it doesn't include identifiable information on the subjects.
In a CNN story last week, Willingham said her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level.
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