Fast-forward five years after the complaint was filed, to early January 2018, Folt said in a campuswide message that the UNC administration would review its sexual harassment and discrimination policies in response to the #MeToo movement. This letter was written by Folt, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Felicia Washington and Provost Robert Blouin.
The message said the administration was taking steps to create a harassment-free culture on campus.
“The issue of sexual harassment is on the minds of everyone, as we have watched thousands of women across the nation courageously come forward to tell their stories,” they wrote. “We are taking a fresh and critical look at policies and procedures across the University to make sure we are doing everything we can to create an inclusive and respectful culture at Carolina.”
The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office said it had nothing to add to the statement, The Daily Tar Heel reported at the time. The message followed the 2017 issuing of new guidelines concerning campus sexual assault cases by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the "Dear Colleague Letter" published by the Obama administration in 2011.
Conclusion of the investigation
Following the conclusion of the Title IX investigation by U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in June, Folt sent out a campuswide email announcing the OCR’s findings.
In the email, Folt said the OCR commented on the University’s cooperation throughout the investigation and on their “efforts to maintain a campus environment free from discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct, including sexual violence and sexual assault, including through strengthening its Title IX response policies, procedures, resources, and outreach.”
The University did not admit to any violation of laws, but did sign a resolution agreement in response to the investigation.
“We thank our students and countless others across the nation for their advocacy, the 22 members of our sexual assault task force, which was convened in 2013, and others who gave input to our comprehensively revised policy and procedures. Their work benefits our community today,” Folt wrote. “Nothing is more important to us than creating a culture at Carolina where every member of our campus community feels safe, supported and respected. While this concludes the OCR investigation, it does not conclude our commitment.”
In November 2018, DeVos released a proposal of new rules for universities across the country to handle Title IX policies involving instances of sexual misconduct. The proposed policies would leave universities responsible only for sexual harassment cases involving formal complaints and sexual misconduct that occurred on campus.
A 2018 article by The Daily Tar Heel included a statement from Washington, which said UNC was reviewing the Department of Education’s proposal and would assess its policies to determine if any changes would be necessary after the DOE issued its final rule.
“We take every report of sexual misconduct seriously, and we remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, as well as to ensuring a fair process for all parties involved in a Title IX proceeding,” Washington said in the statement.
Folt has not released any statements regarding the University’s Title IX policies since she announced the conclusion of the DOE’s investigation in June 2018.