Complaints that the University retaliated against sophomore Landen Gambill — who was charged with an Honor Court violation for creating a hostile environment for another student — were unfounded, according to an external review.
Chancellor Holden Thorp also announced Thursday that the Honor Court provision under which Gambill was charged was dismissed, as was the case her ex-boyfriend brought against her.
In February, Gambill was charged with a violation of the University’s Honor Code that claimed she had engaged in intimidating behavior toward her ex-boyfriend, who she publicly accused of raping her. The charges were filed by her ex-boyfriend, and an Honor Court trial was slated to take place within weeks.
The following month, Gambill filed a federal complaint against the University — her third — alleging that the Honor Court charges were inappropriate, retaliatory and a violation of her First Amendment rights.
Thorp immediately suspended proceedings between Gambill and her ex-boyfriend to investigate Gambill’s charges of retaliation.
But according to a statement from Thorp, a review conducted by Barbara Lee, an expert in handling sexual harassment grievances, found no evidence of retaliatory actions by the University.
Thorp also said in the statement that moving forward, no student will be charged under the provision of the Honor Code dealing with disruptive and intimidating behavior — the charge Gambill faced.
“This action is not a challenge to the important role of students in our Honor System,” wrote Thorp, who has long denied administrator control in Honor Court cases, “but is intended to protect the free speech rights of our students.”
Thorp said Honor Court cases currently under this provision, including the one against Gambill, will be dismissed.