A University of Virginia student judiciary panel has dismissed an honor-code case against the editor of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper for disclosing that a former staff writer plagiarized material and was under investigation by the school’s Honor Committee.

The University Judiciary Committee trial panel ruled Tuesday it lacked jurisdiction to rule in the case of editor-in-chief Jason Ally. He was accused of breaching the confidentiality of another student after the paper’s managing board published an editorial last month about the fired writer, whom they didn’t identify.

The Honor Committee’s leader had filed charges against all five board members but dropped them against all but Ally.

In dropping Ally’s case, the panel determined that it lacked oversight over student groups exercising their journalistic and editorial functions.