“We’re focused on the safety of our students … and have an obligation to do everything we can to provide the care and support they need if a sexual assault occurs.” — Chancellor Holden Thorp Click here to read letters from the Chancellor.
Key Facts About How The University Handles Sexual Assault Cases
Filing a Complaint: Any student who experiences sexual assault is encouraged to notify Ew Quimbaya-Winship, UNC’s new Student Complaint Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Officer: (office, Suite 1125, Student and Academic Services Buildings North; telephone, 843-3878. He works with students who experience sexual assault to coordinate protective measures and other timely services, provide information about available resources and explain the complaint process. He can also provide resources and discuss options with students accused of sexual assault.
Assessing Risk: UNC’s Department of Public Safety follows up on reports of sexual assault to determine there is no ongoing threat to the campus community. No information about the identity of the reporting party, or information that might suggest the person’s identity is released publicly.
Investigating the Complaint: UNC investigates complaints to determine if there is good cause to move forward. If so, the student who filed the complaint may pursue an informal resolution through the Dean of Students Office or request a formal hearing before the Student Grievance Committee. Jayne Grandes is UNC’s new Investigator in the Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Office. She investigates complaints of harassment, sexual misconduct and discrimination.
Student Grievance Committee: Formal hearings are handled by a three-person panel that includes a student, faculty member and staff member. These individuals receive specialized training to help them understand the complexities of sexual assault cases.
Pursuing Criminal Charges: Students may pursue criminal charges with the police in addition to, or instead of, pursuing cases through a campus process. UNC encourages students to contact the police and pursue criminal charges and will assist students with that decision. Any student who wishes to contact the police about a sexual assault should call 911. UNC public safety officers are trained to assist students who experience sexual assault. If the incident occurred off campus, officers will connect the student to the police department or law enforcement agency in the correct jurisdiction.