In Campuses' Sexual-Assault Crises, an Outside Voice Offers Guidance

In Sexual-Assault Crises, an Outside Voice Offers Guidance 1

Courtesy of Gina M. Smith

Gina M. Smith

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Courtesy of Gina M. Smith

Gina M. Smith

Just a few days after the U.S. Department of Education announced it would investigate the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's handling of sexual-assault cases, Holden Thorp, the chancellor, sent a lengthy letter to students and members of the faculty and staff.

The university, he pledged on March 8, would cooperate fully with the federal investigation, make meaningful changes in policies, and encourage an "open and honest dialogue" on the campus. Then Mr. Thorp dropped a