The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has decided to investigate a complaint filed by 5 women, including former Assistant Dean Melissa Manning, regarding UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases. The complainants allege that the university created a “hostile” atmosphere for survivors, failing to provide appropriate grievance procedures, adequate and impartial investigations, and training in accordance with Title IX. The women also allege that the university pressured Manning to underreport sexual assault cases for the 2010 annual report on campus crime.

From WRAL:

“When I reported that I was raped, I was told that rape is like football, and if I were to look back on it, what would I have done differently,” Clark said. “I was just absolutely flabbergasted.”

She said the complaint is an effort to change the culture of how rape victims are treated on college campuses nationwide.

“It’s about justice,” Clark said. “This has been going on for far too long all across the country, and nothing has been done about it, so we finally decided to speak out.”

WRAL – Feds to investigate UNC’s handling of sex assault cases


For more information:

ABC – Full text of the letter from the Department of Education to Chancellor Thorp

Huffington Post – University of North Carolina routinely violates sexual assault survivor rights, students claim

Winston-Salem Journal – Federal complaint claims UNC violated assault victims’ rights

WRAL – UNC-CH students rally against sexual assault