SEXUAL ASSAULT AND THE LAW
the current task force. One scenario is a
new hearing structure in which students
could be involved in an advisory capacity
but not involved in specific cases.
‘UNC shouldn’t be reactive’
UNC administrators say the “Dear
Colleague” letter and other messages from
OCR were their call to action; Andrea
Pino and Annie Clark lean toward the view
that change has occurred because of actions
of people like themselves.
The letter certainly got the University’s
attention; the positions of deputy Title IX
coordinator and investigator were created
before the complaint reached the OCR.
(Thorp separated the duties of Title IX
coordinator and equal opportunity director
after the complaint was filed.) The start of a
review of policies and procedures for han-
dling claims also preceded the complaint.
But when Pino and Clark were asked
what they thought was different between
2007, when Clark was asked to imagine
herself as a quarterback, and 2012, when
Pino wasn’t sure where to turn, Pino said:
“Can anyone argue that UNC would have
done any of this if it were not for someone
filing a complaint? UNC was very reactive.
“We tried. We worked for weeks and
months and years, and nothing changed.
And it really wasn’t until we filed the
complaint that it became an issue. You
speak to survivors, and you ask them,
‘Would you have come out a year ago?’
and they say no. ... UNC shouldn’t be
reactive. We should be a flagship in this. It
shouldn’t [take] a scandal [to make] UNC
want to help its students.”
Clark cited three things that have
changed: the “Dear Colleague” letter
pushed UNC to look more closely at its
policy and procedures; adjudication was
taken away from the Honor Court; and a
group of students who “had pushed inces-
santly for another person to help with the
UNC administrators say the “Dear Colleague” letter
and other messages from OCR were their call to action;
Andrea Pino and Annie Clark lean toward the view that change
has occurred because of actions of people like themselves.
Pino co-founded The Courage Project — photos and short essays, including her own, from people who have encountered sexual assault. This
year, the project included a display on the ground floor of the Student Union. The project is online at courageproject.org.
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