Ed Purchase, the Department of Public Safety’s Clery Act specialist, ensures that the school properly follows regulations.
“In many respects, it’s a dream job,” he said.
Each violation of the Clery Act, which requires that the University practice transparent reporting of serious crimes on campus and its surrounding community, can cost UNC $35,000 in federal fines.
The University is under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over charges that it retaliated against a student for filing a sexual assault report. Purchase, who began working for the University in April, said the day after he started working was the day federal investigators descended upon the University.
Purchase’s responsibilities include combing through daily crime reports for information that must be included in the UNC’s Clery disclosure. He said the new sexual assault guidelines and the Violence against Women Act significantly increased his workload.
Purchase, who served in the U.S. Army and National Guard between September 2001 and February 2009, said he missed being a part of something bigger than himself.
Ew Quimbaya-Winship, the University’s Deputy Title IX coordinator, works with Purchase regularly.
“It is a collaborative relationship that will help the University better adress violence on campus,” he said.