The UNC Sexual Assault Task Force held a meeting on Jan. 7, 2014 at the Friday Center.

Sexual assault task force reconvenes

Under UNC’s current sexual assault policy, “consent” is defined in four sentences. But UNC’s Sexual Assault Task Force’s current draft of the policy has defined the term in 14 sentences. The task force hopes the changes will make the policy specific enough that survivors of sexual assault won’t have to research terms and definitons on their own.

Sexual Assault

In December 2012, two UNC female victims of sexual assault spoke up about what they said was a deeply rooted problem with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct — one that they said was inappropriate, time-consuming and traumatic. Those allegations drove three current students, one former student and one former administrator to file a complaint against the University with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that UNC facilitated a hostile environment for victims reporting sexual assault. 

To help bring the University into compliance with the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, the University has also hired Ew Quimbaya-Winship to serve as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator, starting March 11, 2013.

The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time in May 2013 to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the University released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

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