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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Members of the Sexual Assault Task Force discussed Monday who handles a report of assault after a Title IX investigation into the incident has occurred.
A group of UNC professors is concerned there is a lack of dialogue about rape — and the dialogue that does exist is infected with stereotypes and negative language.
UNC students sought to break the silence surrounding sexual and interpersonal violence during Project Dinah’s Speak Out! event Friday night.
As the government continues into the fourth day of the federal shutdown, many services are suspended — possibly including the three pending federal investigations into sexual assault cases at UNC.
When tackling the issue of sexual assault, people must consider the political and social roots that have made the issue so complicated, said three professors at a panel Monday.
Andrea Pino said when she was a resident advisor in Kenan Community last year, dozens of sexual assault survivors would approach her every week with their stories.
Interim Title IX Coordinator Christi Hurt said the task force charged with rewriting UNC’s sexual assault policy hopes to finish its work before the end of the semester.
UNC’s Department of Public Safety issued warrants Sunday for the arrest of Rafael Gaona Sierra after a sexual assault was reported at the State Employees Credit Union Family House last week.
Howard Kallem believes that UNC must build a response system for sexual harassment charges amid what he called the community’s grieving process.
A lawyer, a historian and a social worker each offered their own take in a lecture Monday on how to tackle the complicated issue of rape.
A public forum was held Monday to give Crystal Coombes, a candidate for the University’s Title IX coordinator position, the opportunity to address her plans for the position.
The University’s Sexual Assault Task Force will continue rewrites of the Honor Code this fall — despite its original goal to have recommendations ready by the time students returned to school.
At the second Student Congress meeting of the summer Tuesday, Student Body President Christy Lambden announced one step being taken to address the University’s handling of sexual assault cases.
As UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases continues to be examined, Duke University has taken steps to toughen its own sanctioning in such cases — naming expulsion as the recommended punishment for perpetrators.
Handwritten lists on sticky notes and large sheets of paper plastered the walls during the Sexual Assault Task Force’s meeting Wednesday.
Despite a pre-emptive external review completed by the University weeks ago, a third federal investigation regarding UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases now looms.