|University releases response to OCR seeking data, information|
|Friday, March 22, 2013|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today (March 22) publicly released the response submitted March 21 to a request from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) asking for information and data including campus responses to sexual assault and sexual violence cases.
The University previously announced receiving and posted the OCR’s March 1 letter at this link, http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/2013/03/07/university-receives-notification-data-request-letter-from-ocr/
Following is the University’s statement about the response issued March 21 confirming that the response had been sent:
March 21, 2013
University responds to OCR request for data, information
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today (March 21) responded to a request from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) asking for information and data about campus responses to sexual assault and sexual violence cases.
The University is cooperating fully and in good faith with the ongoing investigation. It’s important for the campus community and the public to know the Office for Civil Rights has emphasized its role during the investigation as a “neutral fact-finder” engaged in collecting and analyzing evidence from the complainants, the University and other sources.
The University will continue to respond to OCR requests for data and information, as the March 1 letter indicated should be expected.
Chancellor Holden Thorp has called sexual assault one of the greatest challenges facing campuses nationwide, including Carolina.
“We’re focused on the safety of our students, as well as faculty and staff, and have an obligation to do everything we can to provide the care and support they need if a sexual assault occurs,” he told the campus community in a March 8 email message.
The University has made significant changes to its policies and brought in Gina Smith, a national expert on sexual assault issues, to help lead campus conversations to help further strengthen the University’s current response to sexual assault.
Context about the University’s Current Campus Conversation about Sexual Assault:
See the University website devoted to this topic, http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/
Go to http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/2013/03/08/message-from-the-chancellor-continuing-the-campus-conversation-about-sexual-assault/ (Chancellor Holden Thorp’s March 8 email to students, faculty and staff)
Refer to http://campusconversation.web.unc.edu/in-the-news/ (Key Facts, FAQ, Background on Sexual Assault Complaints, Reporting Options, Campus & Community Resources & the Honor System)
Go to http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/smith-leads-campus-conversation-about-sexual-assault/ (Q&A with Gina Smith, the national expert helping lead the campus conversation to help strengthen the University’s current response to sexual assault