CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story stated that Howard Kallem believes that UNC must build a response system for sexual harassment charges amid what he called the community’s grieving process. He did not mention the community’s grieving process in the forum. The article also stated that Kallem said reverse sexism needs to be stamped out. Kallem said instances of reverse sexism were rare. He also was quoted as saying outside involvement needs to be eliminated altogether for the sanctity of sexual assault cases, but Kallem did not say this. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
Howard Kallem believes that UNC must build a response system for sexual harassment charges.
Kallem, a candidate for the University’s Title IX position and the chief regional attorney for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, spoke at a public forum Friday about his platform for the position.
“I think it’s important to have a procedure in place to give the accused the opportunity to state their case,” Kallem said.
A forum with a third candidate was planned to be held this Wednesday, but it was cancelled after the candidate withdrew.
Kallem said it is essential to maintain neutrality when investigating any case, and no judgment should be made until the truth is revealed.
He said that instances of reverse sexism were rare, and that the accused must be considered innocent until proven otherwise.
Kallem also said the University needs to establish clear ground rules dispelling any sort of retaliation against those accused of harassment.
“Confidentiality is a really big issue and a challenge for schools,” he said.