Feds investigating UNC's reporting of crime statistics
Posted April 2, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.