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. 

The complaint, which was obtained by The Daily Tar Heel, is centrally concerned with the way the University treats victims of sexual assault. The 34-page document also features allegations that the Office of University Counsel pressured Melinda Manning, former assistant dean of students, to underreport cases of sexual assault.

  The University, though limited in its response because UNC has not yet received the complaint, countered Manning’s accusations. Administrators claimed that the University actually reported more cases of sexual assault than Manning submitted to the University Counsel’s office. These accusations by sexual assault victims have since sparked a widespread conversation about the way sexual assault is handled on campus. The University has hired Gina Maisto Smith, a national consultant and expert on 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.

DJ organizes silent bar protest

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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

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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

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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.


Folt: Sexual assault report coming this week

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Faculty Chairman Bruce Cairns was dressed for the occasion. 


Sexual assault policy not yet updated

Today students will have classes and assignments — but still no updated sexual assault policy.


BOG unveils first-of-its-kind campus security report

The final report of a UNC-system campus security initiative was unveiled Thursday at the Board of Governors meeting in Chapel Hill.


US Senate releases survey, finds weak sexual assault policies on college campuses

On the heels of a national push to address sexual violence on college campuses, UNC is set to implement its new sexual assault policy for the fall semester.


Andrea Pino graduates from UNC, but reforms will go on

Andrea Pino is ready to move on from UNC, but she won’t move on from the movement she started.


Sexual assault task force says it’s close to conclusion

More than a year after the University was accused of mishandling sexual assault, students are still without a revised sexual assault policy.


Federal officials visiting NC Central, other campuses to address sexual assault

When top officials from the Obama administration tour the country to raise awareness of campus sexual assault, North Carolina is the first stop on the list.


Colleges will soon report stalking, date violence

Stalking, domestic violence and dating violence are about to see increased attention from the University.


College rape cases hard to prosecute

Every time a sexual assault case comes across his desk from UNC, Jim Woodall really has to think about the definition of consent.


More student groups push for men to get involved in gender violence prevention

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The sound of hundreds of heels on the brick walkways of Polk Place preluded a serious conversation about interpersonal violence prevention last Thursday.