Student Could Face Expulsion After Alleged Rapist Files Complaint With UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) — A University of North Carolina student could be expelled for violating the school’s honor code for speaking publicly on campus about her alleged rape.
WRAL-TV reports that the ex-boyfriend and alleged rapist of Landen Gambill filed a complaint with the university claiming she created an “intimidating environment” by talking on campus about the reported assault, even though she never named him.
The student-run Honor Court has now charged Gambill with “disruptive or intimidating behavior” which could lead to suspension or expulsion.
“I was really, and still am, really upset, not just because it is obviously unfair to me,” Gambill told WRAL. “It’s just part of a larger pattern of the way this university handles these cases and treats survivors.”
Gambill told The Daily Tar Heel last month that she was sexually and verbally abused her freshman year by her then boyfriend. Gambill pressed charges with the Honor Court against him, but she says the court used her attempted suicide and clinical depression against her.
“They implied that I was emotionally unstable and couldn’t be telling the truth because I had attempted suicide,” Gambill told the Tar Heel, adding the Honor Court asked her inappropriate questions during her hearing.
Gambill’s ex-boyfriend was found not guilty.
Gambill was one of four students who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against the university about how UNC handles sexual assaults. Gambill says she is now being targeted by the school but officials say that isn’t so.
“Given that these charging decisions are made by student attorney generals and not by campus administrators, a claim of retaliation by the university would be without merit,” Karen Moon, university spokeswoman, told WRAL.
The university’s Honor Court system no longer hears sexual assault cases.