The Sexual Assault Task Force said it would have its new policy ready by the beginning of the year. The release has been delayed several times since the Task Force originally convened in May 2013. At first, the group said it would release preliminary recommendations for the University before the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
“We expect (the updated policy) to be released very soon,” said Joel Curran, Vice Chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs.
The University began evaluating its sexual assault policies after three students filed a complaint against the University with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that UNC facilitated a hostile environment for victims reporting sexual assault. Since then, members of the Sexual Assault Task Force have spent months defining words like “consent,” “inebriation” and “black-out drunk” to craft a new policy that would address the emerging prevalence of sexual assault on campus.
Curran declined to comment on why the new policy wouldn’t be ready today. Junior Sarah-Kathryn Bryan, a member of the Sexual Assault Task Force, said the Chancellor’s office didn’t receive the group’s final draft until last wee k.