But it was an incident at the Women's Soccer College Cup tournament in San Diego in 2012 that ultimately earned Donnelly a lifetime ban from UNC athletic facilities. Donnelly, who had previously attempted to communicate with several female players both in person and via Facebook, found out which hotel the players were staying at by claiming he won an autographed soccer ball and couldn't locate the head coach's signature. The parents of the players, however, felt uncomfortable with Donnelly's presence at the hotel given his previous attempts to communicate with several players. He was asked to leave and did so willingly.
As a result of his consistent harassment of athletics staff members and athletes, as well as his inappropriate behavior at athletic events, on December 3, 2012, UNC issued a Notice of Trespass to Donnelly. The notice prohibited Donnelly from entering any area of UNC athletic facilities at any time in the future.
that the trial court erred in affirming Donnelly's indefinite ban from all athletic facilities because UNC's decision was arbitrary, capricious and unsupported by substantial evidence — the court held that an administrative ruling is deemed arbitrary and capricious when it is whimsical, willful and an unreasonable action without consideration or in disregard of facts. The court found that UNC's decision was none of these and was instead based on a series of incidents over a number of year