Landen Gambill

OCR Will Investigate UNC Over Sexual Assault Cases

CHAPEL HILL – The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has decided to go ahead with an investigation of UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases on campus. That investigation is in response to a complaint filed with the office by four current and former UNC students and one former assistant dean, Melinda Manning. Among other things, the 30-page complaint alleges that sexual assault cases were handled by an untrained panel of staff, students and administrators, who subjected accusers to inappropriate and insensitive questioning. It also charges that Manning was personally discriminated against for having children—and that in 2010, UNC officials intentionally underreported the number of sexual assault cases on campus, in violation of the federal Clery Act. General Counsel Leslie Strohm vehemently refuted that last charge before the Board of Trustees in January. But UNC officials have not commented on the complaint beyond that—except to say that many of the cases in question occurred when the University was in the midst of implementing several federally-mandated changes in procedure. Numerous members of the Board of Trustees expressed strong support for the officials singled out by name in the complaint, including Strohm, Dean of Students Jonathan Sauls, and Vice Chancellor Winston Crisp. But UNC has also taken at least one step in direct response to the complaint—hiring Gina Smith as a consultant. Smith is a former prosecutor who specializes in high-profile sexual abuse...

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Landen Gambill’s Ex-Boyfriend Speaks Out

CHAPEl HILL – Landen Gambill’s ex-boyfriend has spoken out about the accusations he has faced and says UNC “forced (him) out.” Gambill’s ex remained anonymous when he spoke to the Daily Tar Heel in an article that was posted on Monday, but told the University newspaper that the school did not give him a chance to present his case against the accusations before he was forced to leave the school. He says he received a letter from the University saying he was suspended indefinitely. In the Spring of 2012, Gambill accused her ex-boyfriend of sexually assaulting her. He was found guilty of verbal harassment but was found not guilty of two counts of sexual misconduct by a University Hearings Board. The board—consisting of two students, two faculty members, and one administrator—heard the case after sexual assault cases were removed from the Honor Court’s jurisdiction. It took Gambill’s ex-boyfriend six months to be readmitted to North Carolina. He says during that time he suffered psychological damage including a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. Gambill’s ex-boyfriend’s lawyer John Gresham says he has taken extra steps while on campus to be sure his actions are not misunderstood. Gresham says his client makes sure someone else is with him while walking on campus in case their path’s cross and it doesn’t look as if he is stalking her or trying to contact her....

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Attorney For Ex Of Sexual Misconduct Accuser: “People Want Harm Done To Him”

CHAPEL HILL-As one UNC student who says her ex-boyfriend sexually abused her continues to speak out against the university’s handling of sexual assault cases, the attorney for the man she accuses says his client is not only being mischaracterized as a rapist—he’s also facing threats of violence. “Since he returned to Chapel Hill at the beginning of second semester, Ms. Gambill has made statements that specifically called him a rapist,” says John Gresham, attorney for the ex-boyfriend of UNC student Landen Gambill. “And it’s been reported precisely that way.” In 2012, the ex-boyfriend, whose name hasn’t been released, faced a university panel on  charges related to sexual misconduct. But Gresham says based on the panel members’ verdict, his client, by definition, isn’t a rapist. “There was a two-day hearing with a five member board, three of whom were female, who found he was not guilty,” he says. “One of the charges was sexual misconduct that involves deliberate sexual invasion of another without consent, which is another way of defining rape. So, three women who heard about 20 hours of testimony determined he was not guilty of the charge.” The panel found the ex-boyfriend not guilty on the sexual misconduct charges by a margin of 5-0, although he was found guilty on verbal harassment charges. Gambill and her supporters have maintained that she’s being unfairly portrayed by the university’s disciplinary...

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Gambill’s Ex Protests Assault Charges, Alleges Harassment

CHAPEL HILL- While dozens of students gathered Friday on campus in support of sophmore Landen Gambill, a lawyer representing her ex-boyfriend sought to refute her accusation of rape. According to the Daily Tar Heel, attorney John Gresham said his client has suffered from Gambill’s efforts to publicize the university’s handling of sexual assaults. The un-named man filed charges with UNC’s Honor Court last week alleging that Gambill has engaged in disruptive and intimidating behavior. Last spring the Honor Court reviewed Gambill’s allegation that she was assaulted by Gresham’s client. The court found him not guilty of sexual harassment, but did find him guilty of verbal harassment. But Gresham says Gambill’s campaign to draw attention to the university’s handling of such cases is rehashing a matter that has been settled, and in doing so, tarnishes his client’s reputation. If the Honor Court finds Gambill guilty, she could face a range of penalties, including...

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UNC Student Faces Punishment For Speaking Out Against Sexual Assault Attacker

CHAPEL HILL – According to multiple sources, one of the students who recently charged UNC with mishandling her sexual assault case has been accused of breaking the Honor Code. In the spring of 2012, Landen Gambill, a sophomore at UNC, told the Honor Court she was assaulted repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend. Sexual assault cases have been removed from the Honor Court’s jurisdiction as of the summer of 2012. Last month, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against the University. Gambill and four others claimed that Carolina acted with insensitivity and carelessness when handling these cases. Later, she told the Daily Tar Heel that speaking out about how UNC handled the case caused her ex-boyfriend to file a complaint that stated she negatively affected his future at Carolina; the Honor Court’s student attorney general has charged her with engaging in disruptive or intimidating behavior against him. The Honor Court is a student-run process that has the ability to consult with a faculty advisory committee if necessary. However, UNC spokesperson Karen Moon says administrators may not encourage or prevent the Student Attorney Generals from filing charges in a specific case. Gambill told the DTH she plans to plead not guilty to the charges. The Honor Court could issue a punishment of any level including up to expulsion, as the charges do not carry...

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