After a five-year federal investigation into UNC’s policies and practices dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment cases, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found the University in violation of Title IX.
The investigation was triggered by four former UNC students along with Melinda Manning, a former UNC administrator, who filed a complaint back in 2013. Manning, along with fellow complainants Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, appeared in the 2015 documentary “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.
Five years after the initial complaint, the OCR has identified the University’s violation and agreed with UNC on terms to correct these practices.
In the OCR’s response to the above-listed complainants, the OCR “identified compliance concerns and a violation regarding the University’s compliance with Title IX.”
Among these are concerns about the University’s outdated website information, inability to provide a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints of discrimination, lack of notice to students on where complaints may be filed and unequal opportunity for only one party to appeal.