Willingham made the decision after an hour-long, closed-door meeting with UNC Chancellor Carol Folt on Monday. Willingham has been an adviser and instructor since leaving the athletes' tutoring program four years ago.
She confirmed her resignation in a short email to The News & Observer, but said she could not provide details until she posts grades for her students and talks to her attorneys and the university's human resources staff. In an interview last week, she said she had been weighing leaving the university after the semester ended.
Jay Smith, a history professor at UNC who is collaborating with Willingham on a book about the scandal, said she made the decision to resign after the meeting with Folt.
Smith said Folt spent much of the meeting berating Willingham for her comments about the scandal in recent months, which included interviews with national media that gave the scandal a wider audience and had become a major embarrassment for the university.
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