U.S. Department of Education investigators have arrived on campus, looking for student input as part of an inquiry into UNC’s handling sexual assault.
DOE officials are looking to meet with students this afternoon, particularly minorities and those in the LGBT community, to discuss how UNC handles sexual assault cases, said Andrea Pino, a sexual assault survivor and activist.
The student input is part of an investigation by the DOE that started last April into UNC’s compliance with the Clery Act — a law that requires colleges and universities to publish campus security policies and crime statistics.
The investigation was opened after former Assistant Dean of Students Melinda Manning accused the University of pressuring her to underreport the number of sexual assaults to the federal government. UNC has denied the accusation.
Each violation of the Clery Act can result in a fine up to $35,000.