In its last meeting of the year, UNC’s Sexual Assault Task Force made recommendations on adjudication — a subject it has worked on for the better part of the semester.
On Monday, members approved panels — rather than a previously discussed option of a single person — to be responsible for handling the process that follows an investigation. They also agreed that students should no longer sit on the adjudication panels.
Both votes were unanimous.
Currently, three panelists sit on each student grievance committee — a student, a professor and a staff member. Sexual assault was moved out of the jurisdiction of the Honor Court to the grievance committee last fall.
Questions still remain around how many people would serve on each panel, how many people would be qualified and trained to adjudicate cases and how lawyers would impact the processes.
Despite its original goal of presenting recommendations to Chancellor Carol Folt by the beginning of the fall semester, the group will be working into the spring.
Some members of the task force said they wanted the panels to be as small as possible, but use multiple perspectives.
“I think it helps check normal human fallibility and gives opportunity to discuss,” said Kiran Bhardwaj, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation and task force member.
“It’d be hard to tell your story to a huge crowd. It’s even more difficult one-on-one.”