Topics: Sexual Assault

In December 2012, two UNC female victims of sexual assault spoke 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. Those allegations drove three current students, one former student and one former administrator to file 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. 

To help bring the University into compliance with the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, the University has also hired Ew Quimbaya-Winship to serve as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator, starting March 11, 2013.

The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time in May 2013 to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the University released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

Opinion: All Greeks should push for programs to prevent rape

In 2014, UNC’s Interfraternity Council amended its constitution to mandate that all of its 22 member organizations require new and executive board members to attend a sexual assault prevention program offered by an approved group, such as One Act or One Act for Greeks.


A year later, more communication needed for sexual assault policy

After a year with the new sexual assault policy, students and administrators are still looking for the right ways to explain and punish sexual assault.


Survivors shout to stop sexual violence

Frustrated by what they describe as the cultural silence surrounding sexual violence, leaders from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and El Centro Hispano have something to shout about.


Professors weigh classroom trigger warnings

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Professors are becoming increasingly aware of how they should teach sensitive or potentially traumatizing material in the classroom, often referred to as trigger warnings.


Fraternities see full participation in One Act training for Greeks

With Sexual Assault Awareness Month winding down, UNC’s Interfraternity Council can boast 100 percent compliance with new sexual assault prevention training mandates.


"Hunting Ground" panel discusses assault epidemic

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Zero: the number of students expelled from UNC for sexual assault in recent years.


UNC among cohort of universities ramping up sexual assault trainings

UNC students taking the newly required sexual assault education module this semester weren’t alone — nationwide, schools are implementing similar programs for students, faculty and staff.


Association of Student Governments wraps up for year

In the final meeting of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments this academic year, N.C. State University’s Zack King was sworn in as the next president — beginning his tenure as the student representative on the UNC Board of Governors.


NC universities take stand against sexual assault

Competition and rivalry aside, universities across North Carolina came together on Monday to stand in solidarity against sexual assault as part of a statewide day of action.


Armed with dated rules, sororities struggle to battle sexual assault

Samantha Robertson joined a sorority because she wanted to be part of an organization that existed to serve women.


UNC community has mixed opinions on sexual assault modules

As someone actively involved in preventing sexual harassment on campus, junior Nabil Lachgar was disappointed when he realized the ease with which students could complete UNC’s newly required sexual assault training modules.


Sexual assault survey faces criticism

Despite protests from professors nationwide, the Association of American Universities is moving forward with a survey on campuses’ sexual assault climate — and UNC might be among the participants. 


Title IX Coordinator Howard Kallem leaving

Less than a year after joining UNC as Title IX coordinator, Howard Kallem is leaving for a similar position at Duke University.


Forgotten rape leaves a broken mother in Chapel Hill

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In November 2004, Chelsea Barnes wrote a chilling poem.


Data shows prosecutors ignore campus assault

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Five sexual misconduct cases were sanctioned for violating the University’s sexual assault and discrimination policy between August 2012 and August 2014.


UNC student-athletes take "It's On Us" pledge

For UNC student-athletes who have taken the pledge, it’s on them to end sexual assault and interpersonal violence.


Ed Purchase keeps track of major crimes on campus

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UNC, still in the midst of three federal investigations for charges of mishandling sexual assault reports and statistics, now has a man dedicated to getting them right.


UNC releases violence, stalking statistics required by Violence Against Women Act

For the first time ever, college campuses across the country have begun to record instances of stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.


UNC one of 86 universities under investigation for sexual violence

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Throughout 2014, students and national leaders, alike, have been pushing for a new social norm — that combating sexual violence is everybody's responsibility.


NC abortion law returns to federal court

A provision of a 2011 state law requiring doctors to display and explain ultrasounds to women prior to performing an abortion has returned to court.