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

UNC one of 86 universities under investigation for sexual violence


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.

Abuse survivors turn to crafting for art therapy

For some survivors of domestic and sexual violence, all it takes to help heal is a collage canvas, a string of beads or a palette of paint.

Affirmative consent as state law in California

As UNC and other campuses nationwide engage in sexual assault policymaking efforts, California has become the first state to enact a new consent standard for colleges and universities in hopes of changing the culture surrounding sexual violence.

Students to ‘speak out’ about sexual assault today

About one month after the University released its new sexual assault policy, members of Project Dinah will gather in the Pit to read aloud anonymous testimonials from survivors of sexual violence.

Author Ashley Warner talks sexual violence


For survivors of sexual violence, author Ashley Warner has a message: Don’t bottle it up.

UNC looks to dismiss student's lawsuit

The University is trying to toss out the latest legal investigation into its handling of sexual assault.

Faculty online Title IX training expected to go live in a few days

As the national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses continues, Provost Jim Dean told faculty Monday that their newly-required online Title IX training will go live in a few days. 

Sexual assault crusade begins at federal level

The White House launched the “It’s On Us” campaign Friday, a public awareness initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses — and officials touted the effort on Monday during a call with college media.

Roundup of trainings around campus: Sept. 18, 2014

Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now, or HAVEN, is a campus organization that educates students on sexual and interpersonal violence.

DJ organizes silent bar protest


Students used silence to make some noise with Chapel Hill bars Tuesday night.

Obama’s campaign against sexual assault to launch

In a phone conference Tuesday night, White House representatives gave students at UNC and around the country an exclusive preview of a national campaign aimed at preventing sexual assault, which is set to launch on Friday.

Campus Health does not offer equal support for male survivors

The University knows it can’t provide identical services for male and female survivors of sexual violence. 

Definitely, not maybe


UNC’s new sexual assault policy makes a point to clearly define consent to sexual activity.

Fraternities required to undergo One Act training

An amendment to the Interfraternity Council’s constitution requiring each fraternity to undergo a University-approved sexual assault and violence prevention program at least once every two years takes effect this fall.

Survivor sues UNC for mishandled case

It’s been 596 days.

FAQ: What the changes to the updated sexual assault policy mean

The University released an updated sexual assault policy Thursday. Senior writers Bob Bryan and Carolyn Ebeling answer some of the most important questions about the policy and how it differs from the one UNC used previously.

UNC's new policy explains sanctions for sexual assault


UNC students have never been told what “yes” is.

UNC releases new sexual assault policy

UNC released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct — such as sexual assault — today.

UNC creates sexual assault position, focuses on listening, not reporting

For the first time at UNC, students have a specially trained counselor to turn to for confidential advising after experiencing sexual assault.