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Bending the needle: Former UNC dean of students says she was forced to underreport sexual assault cases

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If the number of rapes on campus is too high, one easy “solution” is simply to misreport the number. At least that’s the UNC approach, as described in this Salon article by Katie McDonough:

According to a complaint filed to the U.S. Department of Education, the University of North Carolina pressured former Assistant Dean of Students Melinda Manning to underreport sexual assault cases.

Manning, three students and one former student filed the complaint earlier this week, alleging that the University violated the Clery Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other federal laws.

The complaint, obtained by the Daily Tar Heel, scrutinizes UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases and serves as a large-scale indictment of the actions of high-level UNC administrators.

As reported by the Daily Tar Heel:

The complaint alleges Manning was told by the University Counsel’s office that the number of sexual assault cases she compiled for 2010 was “too high” before the total was decreased by three cases without her knowledge; that she was made the victim of a hostile work environment in the dean of students office.

Much of Manning’s work focused on strengthening UNC’s sexual assault reporting system, but she says her efforts were met with open hostility from senior UNC officials: . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

19 January 2013 at 11:53 am

Posted in Education, Government

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