UNC-CH will pay $1.5M to settle claims it violated crime reporting law
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will pay a $1.5 million fine and implement a list of other steps to settle claims from the U.S. Department of Education that it violated federal laws governing the disclosure of crime on campus.Posted — Updated
"Any serious lapses in Clery Act compliance in the future could negatively affect the terms of the University's participation in the Title IV, student financial assistance programs," the settlement says.
The agreement acknowledges the university has already made some of the required improvements, including the hiring of staff to better manage police records, retain a campus safety consultant and enhance its training program for police.
"Protecting the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors remains a critical priority for our university," Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in a statement Tuesday. "We are committed to putting the right people, training and resources in place to continuously improve and strengthen our Clery Act compliance and safety program, and to keep pace with the very best practices on college campuses nationwide. Our campus community deserves nothing less."
Among the consultant's responsibilities will be the independent monitoring of UNC-Chapel Hill's efforts to fix its compliance issues with the Clery Act. The settlement requires the firm – or any other consultant that takes its place – to report on the university's progress every six months, with the first report due on Sept. 1.
As part of the agreement, UNC-Chapel Hill does not admit to any wrongdoing.
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