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Last month, the University adopted a more comprehensive policy on sexual violence, which applies to all students, faculty and staff. The policy also prohibits discrimination, harassment and related misconduct, including interpersonal violence and stalking. Howie Kallem, Title IX compliance coordinator, recently spoke with the University Gazette about the policy and the ways in which it is designed to help provide a safe, welcoming campus.

Why are universities nationwide addressing these issues?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires universities that receive federal financial assistance, like UNC-Chapel Hill, to have grievance procedures that provide for prompt, equitable resolution of reports of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 also has requirements for reporting sexual violence, stalking and interpersonal violence.

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By Patty Courtright, University Gazette, and Hilary Delbridge, Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office 

Published September 23, 2014