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UNC Answers Feds’ Questions About Sexual Assaults

CHAPEL HILL – Officials with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say they’ve responded to questions from federal education officials about campus response to sexual assault cases. The school had until Thursday to file its response to questions from the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education. OCR sent a letter in March, saying it would investigate the school after five women filed a complaint in January about how UNC-CH handles sexual assault cases. The five women alleged violations of Title IX, education’s gender-equity law, in the handling of sexual assault cases. They filed another federal complaint under a law that often deals with the underreporting of on- and off-campus crimes. UNC-CH has denied underreporting crimes. The OCR has never issued its biggest punishment, withdrawal of federal funding. Friday, UNC released its response to the OCR. To view that document,¬†click...

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Math Mistake Means One Out, Another In On UNC Board

RALEIGH – A math error by North Carolina House members counting ballots means one person elected to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors this week won’t join the panel after all. The House elected eight people to the board Wednesday, like lawmakers do every two years. But House Rules Chairman Tim Moore announced Thursday the House clerk’s office had determined a number was transposed as he and other lawmakers tallied ballots for 14 nominees. The chamber made several parliamentary maneuvers and recounted the ballots. Seven of the eight nominees elected Wednesday still won Thursday. But the new tally shows Jim Nance of Albemarle actually lost and G.A. Sywassink won. The House says Sywassink is CEO of Standard Holding Corp. The Senate also elected eight people Wednesday to the 32-member...

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Legislators Elect Next Class To Serve On UNC Board

RALEIGH – The General Assembly has elected its next class of 16 people to serve on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The House and Senate held separate elections Wednesday to pick eight people apiece to serve on the 32-member board, which sets policy for UNC’s 17 campuses. They’ll serve four-year terms. New board members include former state Rep. Laura Wiley of Greensboro, Hendrick Motorsports executive Scott Lampe of Davidson, Raleigh attorney Steven Long and Greenville radio personality Henry Hinton. House Democrats and Republicans argued about the election, won mostly by Republican nominees. Rep. Mickey Michaux of Durham says it’s a travesty Republicans didn’t support some Democrats to promote board diversity. House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes of Granite Falls says his side makes no apologies for electing...

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UNC-CH Has 20 Days To Provide Sexual Assault Details

RALEIGH – The federal office investigating allegations about the way the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill handles sexual assault cases is seeking reams of information from the school within 20 days. The Office for Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education outlined its demands in a letter dated March 1, setting a March 21 deadline. Among the documents OCR requested are those regarding policies, procedures, training and grievance procedures for sexual assault complaints. The office also wants a spreadsheet describing all student complaints about sexual assault. The letter says OCR will address separately allegations of disability discrimination and retaliation. Three students, a former student and a former assistant dean of students filed the complaint with the federal government in January. School officials say UNC-CH will cooperate with the...

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UNC Women Rolle Over Boston College On Senior Night, 85-57

CHAPEL HILL – Waltiea Rolle scored 21 points and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 20 as No. 15 North Carolina routed Boston College 85-57 Thursday night. Rolle and Ruffin-Pratt, who scored 21 and 24 points, respectively, in the Tar Heels’ previous outing, combined to shoot 54 percent (13 of 24) and make 14 free throws. The game was close early, with Boston College (10-18, 4-13 Atlantic Coast Conference) taking a 13-11 lead on a Kerri Shields’ 3-pointer. But UNC held the Eagles to just four points over the next 10 minutes and pulled ahead 28-15 behind Ruffin-Pratt’s jumper. The Tar Heels (26-4, 13-3), who won the previous meeting 80-52, took a 40-21 advantage into the break and stretched that lead to 31 following a 12-0 half-opening run. UNC, which entered ranked second in the nation in steals (13.6), collected 18 in the win and controlled the glass 46-29. Katie Zenevitch scored 13 for Boston...

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John Blanchard Retires From UNC Athletics After 25 Years

CHAPEL HILL – UNC senior associate athletic director John Blanchard is retiring after 25 years of work in student services and academic support for athletes. Blanchard has directed student-athlete services since July 2002. He plans to start a consulting business. Blanchard’s department included the troubled academic support program for athletes, which drew scrutiny amid the NCAA’s investigation of the football program – notably for a former tutor providing improper assistance on papers. Irregularities were later discovered in the school’s African Studies department, where athletes represented significant enrollments in classes that didn’t meet regularly or had unauthorized grade changes. Blanchard first worked at UNC from 1985-99. He developed the academic support program for athletes under former athletic director John Swofford and served as its first director before a stint at...

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