UNC released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct — such as sexual assault — today.
The policy includes definitions on consent, harassment, sexual exploitation and sexual contact.
It also outlines the process for students reporting and responding to cases of sexual assault, regarding the investigation phase, the adjudication process and sanctioning.
STORY SO FAR
December 2012: Two UNC female victims of sexual assault speak up about what they said was a deeply rooted problem with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct — one that they said was inappropriate, time-consuming and traumatic.
March 2013: Ew Quimbaya-Winship starts as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator. Quimbaya-Winship is the initial contact for sexual assault victims.
May 2013: The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.
January 2014: Howard Kallem, the District of Columbia Enforcement Office’s chief regional attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, is hired as UNC’s Title IX officer.
June 2014: Cassidy Johnson starts as UNC’s gender violence services coordinator. Johnson is a specially trained counselor to turn to for confidential advising after experiencing sexual assault.
Christi Hurt, chairwoman of the task force, said in an interview one of the most important aspects of the new policy is clarity.
“One of the things we heard very early before the task force started is that folks really wanted to see a policy that was easy to use and easy to understand,” Hurt said. “We made sure that the bones of the policy, in terms of every word that was selected, was something that would be digestible by students or community members.”