Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp told members of the Board of Trustees Wednesday that he’s concerned students in need of guidance are not soliciting it due to a series of federal complaints that have prompted widespread criticism of UNC’s sexual assault policies.
“One of the challenges we have these days in the midst of all these conversations is a chill on campus in our culture,” Crisp said at the university affairs committee meeting. “We have plenty of students out there that probably need to come in and get help, but because of all these issues right now, they are afraid to do so.
“That’s what keeps me up at night. That’s what I’m spending all my time trying to figure out how to change.”
The University is facing three federal complaints concerning its treatment of sexual assault victims — two of which have prompted federal reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Clery Act Compliance Division.
Sophomore Landen Gambill has been a complainant in each. She was charged with a conduct violation of the University’s Honor Code that claims she has engaged in intimidating or disruptive behavior against the male student she has publicly accused of raping her. The most recent complaint accuses the University of retaliation through the charge.