North Carolina University halts trial against student critic

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said on Tuesday it had asked its student-run honor court to halt proceedings against a student who claims she is facing retaliation for criticizing how the school handles sexual assault cases, Reuters reports. Student Landen Gambill is accused of violating the university’s honor code and could be expelled if found guilty of intimidating the male student she says raped her. On Monday, her attorney asked university officials to dismiss the honor court’s “reckless prosecution.” He said Gambill had filed a retaliation complaint against the state’s flagship public university with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

“The retaliatory charges against my client are inappropriate, unconstitutional and utterly without merit,” attorney Henry Clay Turner said in a letter to university Chancellor Holden Thorp.

The federal education department is looking into allegations lodged in January by five women, including Gambill, who said reports of sexual harassment and assault have not been properly investigated by the university…

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