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Feds investigating UNC's reporting of crime statistics

Posted April 2, 2013

— Federal investigators will be at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday to investigate allegations that the university under-reports crime statistics.

Investigators have asked to see daily crime logs from 2009 to 2012 to find out if UNC has complied with the Clery Act, a law that requires federally funded universities to disclose crime statistics and security information.

UNC leaders have denied downplaying crime statistics and say they will cooperate fully with the investigation. It's unclear how long the probe will take. The U.S. Department of Education, which is handling the investigation, said it will not comment on ongoing cases.

University officials recently posted campus security reports from the past 12 years online, including numbers on sexual assault cases. That's at the center of another federal investigation in which nine women filed a complaint about the way UNC handles sexual assault cases and victims.

The initial complaint filed by sophomore Landen Gambill and others accuses UNC of under-reporting sexual assault cases for 2010 in an annual report to the federal government on campus crime. It also alleged that campus officials allowed a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assault.

Chancellor Holden Thorp said UNC has taken steps to improve its handling of sex assault cases and will keep trying to get better.

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  • unc70 Apr 2, 2:24 p.m.

    TKB,

    The claim is that UNC did not report three cases. According to a statement made by UNC officials to the Board of Trystees, as I remember, UNC actually reported more cases than the former employee alleges. I

  • 4Strikes Apr 2, 12:36 p.m.

    "So, you're saying she WASN'T raped? And you know this HOW?" scubagirl

    It was her ex-boyfreind, she never reported any rape and then months later, after it was too late to prove anything, she decided to tack on that little charge. Dismissed...Next Case!

  • 1066hardrada Apr 2, 12:14 p.m.

    Hey ligto girl. The campus police would have jurisdiction if a crime was reported to the campus police. But hey, a crime wasn't reported to campus police. An assault/harrasment was reported to the honor court.
    Here is the difference. Campus police carry guns, can shoot people, and through people in jail, (like rapists). The honor court at the most can just kick a person out of school.
    And yes I "was educamated mysef" at UNC "obout" 2003.

  • lilgtogirl Apr 2, 11:50 a.m.

    1066hardrada you need to educate yourself. The campus police had jurisdiction, do you understand that word? That meant that the rape was handled by the utterly useless honor code committee because that is what the school mandated. This was the problem, and this is why DEANS of the school reported the college to the feds. Students are not cops and should not handle rape cases. She cannot go to another police department because they would NOT have jurisdiction. I know its a big word, but I believe you can master it. I have faith.

  • pdolan6 Apr 2, 11:41 a.m.

    I'd rather deal with an honest University in a crime ridden neighborhood and know what I'm getting into potentially than to go to a dishonest "safe" school in terms of crime stats. The quality of education has nothing to do with a pursenatching around the corner...but if the feds have to even investigate you for it, even if it is false...shame on you...two ladies deaths @ least near or about your campus and now your being investigated...shame on you unc

  • lewiskr45 Apr 2, 11:18 a.m.

    Holden probably can't wait until July 1.

  • joeBob Apr 2, 11:16 a.m.

    "Chancellor Holden Thorp said UNC has taken steps to improve its handling of sex assault cases and will keep trying to get better."

    Evidently they have more important things to do...

  • masontom56 Apr 2, 11:02 a.m.

    UNC-CH....Where the hits just keep on coming!

  • Stilllearnin Apr 2, 10:46 a.m.

    One of the ways they determine under reporting is to audit Daily Crime Logs and Clery Annual reports and check with local law enforcement departments to see if the PD has any reports that do not show up on the colleges report. They then have to determine if the college was made aware of the incident and if so, it is a violation. The college is suppose to ask the local police department for any reports of Clery crimes before they submit their Clery statistics. This reporting requirement is only for post secondary institutions who participate in title IV student financial aid programs.

  • Scubagirl Apr 2, 10:45 a.m.

    " This crazy chick didn't go to the police because, filing a false police report (ie: telling a bunch of lies) is a crime which would land her in jail. period 1066hardrada"

    So, you're saying she WASN'T raped? And you know this HOW?

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