The University was slapped with a second federal review Thursday when the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance Division announced it would evaluate whether UNC violated federal law when responding to sexual assault.
This new review of UNC’s sexual assault procedures is the second to be announced this month, triggering decisive scrutiny that will command campus attention for months to come.
What will this newest review be evaluating?
In a review starting April 2, the Department of Education’s Clery Act Compliance Division will assess whether UNC complied with the Clery Act — a law that requires federally funded universities to report crime statistics that happen on and near campus.
The act requires a designated campus authority to collect and submit reports of criminal offenses to the Department of Education. Criminal accusations range from criminal homicides to sexual assaults to robberies.
UNC’s designated campus authority is the Office of University Counsel.
Campuses are also required by the law to publish an Annual Security Report that documents crime statistics, keep a public crime log and issue timely warnings about campus crimes.
What prompted this review?
Three students, one former student and one former administrator filed a complaint with the Clery Act Compliance Division on Jan. 17, accusing UNC of failing to accurately and completely disclose its crime statistics. It also alleged that UNC has not implemented proper sexual assault procedures.