The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education officially ended Wednesday the investigation of an incident that caused many members of the University community to speak out and to question the learning environment on campus.
The investigation was warranted, but OCR was right to point out UNC officials' show of responsibility in their reaction to the actions of English lecturer Elyse Crystall.
The office reported that UNC responded properly to the controversy surrounding Crystall and the e-mail she sent to her class regarding a student's disparaging remarks about homosexuality.
The report helps to absolve the University of charges of systematic bias in the classroom, and it effectively rebuffs claims that administrators responded insufficiently to the attack.
Federal officials correctly found evidence of intentional discrimination and harassment in Crystall's actions. At the same time, they appropriately did not call for the University to take further action to uphold constitutional protections.