University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Thursday that the school dismissed an Honor Court case against Landen Gambill, a student who spoke out about the school's handling of sexual assaults after she said she was raped by another student.
The Honor Court charge of "intimidating behavior that willfully abuses, disparages, or otherwise interferes" with another student's academic pursuits was leveled against Gambill by her alleged rapist, an ex-boyfriend, who was found not guilty of sexual misconduct in a 2012 campus judicial hearing. Gambill faced expulsion in the case, and the decision to drop it came after an outside investigation of Gambill's claim that the Honor Code charge was tantamount to retaliation by the university.
Four other women attending the school filed federal complaints against the university earlier this year for its handling and reporting of sexual assaults.
From the article:
... Gambill said Thursday she was glad she won’t have an Honor Court trial hanging over her head anymore. She dropped out of her classes in March, she said, because of stress.
“I just wasn’t able to focus on school and keep up with my classes,” she said. “I’m relieved and glad to know I can go back to school without having to worry about it.” ...