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University of North Carolina Gets Second Sexual Assault Review

March 25, 2013

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will undergo an Education Department review of its reporting of sexual assaults, the second federal probe of the college’s practices to be announced this month.

The review will begin April 2 and will examine UNC’s compliance with the Clery Act, according to a letter dated March 21 that was posted on the university website. The Clery Act requires that universities submit reports of sexual assaults and other violent crimes to the department.

UNC said March 8 that the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights was investigating the university’s compliance with the Title IX legislation, which prohibits discrimination on campus after five people complained about its response to sexual assaults. That complaint, lodged in February, said that the school was regularly underreporting campus crime statistics, the Education Department’s letter said.

“The objective of the program review is twofold; the review team will evaluate the complainant’s allegations as well as the university’s overall Clery Act compliance,” the letter said.

Violations of the Clery Act can result in fines and can affect a school’s eligibility for federal student aid, the letter said.

Mike McFarland, a spokesman for the college, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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