UNC Honor Court Suspends Charges Against Student Accused Of Intimidating Man She Says Raped Her
RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s chancellor says the school’s student-led honor system has agreed to suspend proceedings against a sophomore it accuses of intimidating a man she says sexually assaulted her.
In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Chancellor Holden Thorp said the charges are on hold while a separate federal investigation proceeds.
Clay Turner, the attorney for sophomore Landen Gambill, said Monday he filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the school is retaliating against her in part for her public criticisms of the way the school treats sexual violence survivors.
Gambill is accused of creating an intimidating environment for the man she says raped her. A university hearings board earlier cleared him of sexual assault charges but found him guilty of harassing her. He faces no criminal charges.
A school spokeswoman has said previously that university administrators don’t encourage or prevent charges from being filed in the honor court.
Gambill told The Daily Tar Heel last Decemeber 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 complaint marks the third one filed this year against the university concerning sexual assault. Gambill is also one of five women who in January filed a Title IX complaint with the office of civil rights, saying UNC-CH mishandles sexual abuse cases.
And investigators are due on campus next month to investigate whether the school accurately reports campus crimes as required by federal law under the Clery Act, which requires campuses participating in federal financial aid programs to collect and disclose crime statistics and security information.
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