UNC released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct — such as sexual assault — today.
The policy includes definitions on consent, harassment, sexual exploitation and sexual contact.
It also outlines the process for students reporting and responding to cases of sexual assault, regarding the investigation phase, the adjudication process and sanctioning.
Christi Hurt, chairwoman of the task force, said in an interview one of the most important aspects of the new policy is clarity.
“One of the things we heard very early before the task force started is that folks really wanted to see a policy that was easy to use and easy to understand,” Hurt said. “We made sure that the bones of the policy, in terms of every word that was selected, was something that would be digestible by students or community members.”
The policy was released more than a year after the 22-member Sexual Assault Task Force began its work in May 2013. The task force intended to have a stronger policy addressing sexual assault enacted before the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.
“The task force was deeply committed to building everything from scratch,” Hurt said. “The process is an outcome of an incredible process, and I’m proud of that process.”
The University’s old misconduct policy had a paragraph-long definition of consent. The new policy describes consent in several paragraphs.