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

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	Hilary Delbridge was recently hired in the Title IX Office.

Title IX sees influx of new hires

UNC’s Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Office is overflowing with new Title IX hires. Hilary Delbridge, the Title IX public communications specialist and most recent hire, said jokingly that she has the largest office in the building — the conference room.


From survivors to strategists

It’s a movement that was born at UNC — and in spite of UNC. A year ago today, Andrea Pino, who was a junior at the time, and Annie Clark, a 2011 UNC graduate, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights alongside three other women.


	The UNC Sexual Assault Task Force held a meeting on Jan. 7, 2014 at the Friday Center.

Sexual assault task force reconvenes

Under UNC’s current sexual assault policy, “consent” is defined in four sentences. But UNC’s Sexual Assault Task Force’s current draft of the policy has defined the term in 14 sentences. The task force hopes the changes will make the policy specific enough that survivors of sexual assault won’t have to research terms and definitons on their own.


NC fine-tunes student lawyer policy

Although the law allowing students to hire attorneys in student conduct cases passed more than four months ago, its implications on fairness in student-versus-student cases are still not clear.