Finding UNC on a list of universities in possible violation of Title IX over handling of sex abuse cases isn't news for most of us since the complaints against UNC have been publicized, but it is never fun to see something like this in print. Sadly, we are in good company. Normally it would be a point of pride to find my beloved UNC on a list that includes Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Vanderbilt, and UVA. This list? Not so much.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today a list of the higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. In the past, Department officials confirmed individual Title IX investigations at institutions, but today's list is the first comprehensive look at which campuses are under review by OCR for possible violations of the law's requirements around sexual violence.
Guilford College is the only other North Carolina university on the list, but just in the past week a student at Davidson College spoke out about her rape last fall on campus and how it was handled by Davidson. If you think the problems are just on the campuses of UNC and Guilford College, you're wrong, but maybe the spotlight shining a little brighter on UNC will encourage other women to come forward and will encourage officials at universities to handle these cases within the law.