UPDATE: UNC Honor Court Suspends Intimidation Charges Against Alleged Rape Victim

By  | 

RALEIGH, N.C. (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.

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.

Previous Story

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The attorney for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who faces possible expulsion after saying publicly she's a rape victim says his client has filed a federal complaint against the school for retaliation.

Attorney Clay Turner says in a letter that Landen Gambill filed the complaint Monday with the Department of Education. In the letter, Turner asks Chancellor Holden Thorp to dismiss charges against Gambill.

Gambill is accused of violating the honor code by creating an intimidating environment for the man who says raped her, although she hasn't named him. A campus board earlier cleared him of the sexual assault charge and but found him guilty of harassing her. He faces no criminal charges.

Her complaint is one of three filed with DOE against the university this year about sexual assault.


The federal office investigating allegations about the way the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill handles sexual assault cases is seeking reams of information from the school within 20 days.

The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education outlined its demands in a letter dated March 1, setting a March 21 deadline.

Among the documents OCR requested are those regarding policies, procedures, training and grievance procedures for sexual assault complaints. The office also wants a spreadsheet describing all student complaints about sexual assault.

The letter says OCR will address separately allegations of disability discrimination and retaliation.

Three students, a former student and a former assistant dean of

School officials say UNC-CH will cooperate with the investigation.

Previous Story:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Education Department says it will investigate a complaint filed by five women about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's handling of sexual assault cases.

The department's Office for Civil Rights said in a March 1 letter that it's opening an investigation because it's determined that the office has jurisdiction and the complaint was filed in a timely manner. The letter advises that the review doesn't mean the office has determined the complaint has merit.

The students released the letter Wednesday. Junior Andrea Pino says she's pleased that the office will investigate. The 21-year-old filed the complaint in January, along with former student Annie Clark and three other women.

UNC spokeswoman Karen Moon says the school will cooperate fully with the investigation.