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UNC Officials Ignored Sexual Harassment Complaints at Arts College

— March 10, 2022

Allegations of sexual misconduct against students were first brought to the school in 1995.

A recent lawsuit alleges faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts perpetrated sexual abuse on minor students over the course of two decades, in the 1970s and 1980s. Former students who brought the lawsuit allege that during that time a culture of sexual abuse was “widely known” and ignored or condoned by school administrators.  The litigation names the school, six former administrators and one dance instructor. Since these encounters happened in the 70s and 80s, it was pretty close to the time that the sexual harassment label was introduced to be taken seriously.  Individuals who are sexually harassed should contact a North Carolina sexual harassment attorney to see if they can access damage compensation.  

Sexual harassment venue

Sexual harassment can occur at work, at school, at church, and any place where there is interaction between human beings, but harassment in the workplace is a form of employment discrimination and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Sexual discrimination is when someone is discriminated against for being male or female, and for being pregnant, with regard to work environment, gaining promotions, crossing the gender salary gap and reductions of benefits based on gender. The discriminators in these cases are usually teachers, professors, priests, managers, bosses, and supervisors in places of employment, although sometimes co-workers discriminate as well.   Talk to Winston Salem sexual harassment lawyers about your concerns and what actions can be taken against sexual harassment.

Identify sexual harassment

Allegations of sexual misconduct against students were first brought to the school in 1995, according to the school’s statement, and an independent investigation at the time found no widespread sexual misconduct. The report did result in policy changes, but records from the time are too sparse to tell how thorough the investigation was according to the statement. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment, when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, or education and unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. 

Valid claims

#MeToo hashtag. Image via Wikimedia Commons/user:Wolfmann. (CCA-BY-4.0).

Sexual harassment claims are only valid if the sexual behavior exhibited is unwelcome, and it can affect both men and women in the workplace, or educational setting, without relevance to positions held at the specific venue. Sexual harassment is illegal when it is so frequent, or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive environment, or when it results in an adverse decisions. The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, instructor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, a visitor to the business or university, such as a client or customer.  Sexual harassment lawyers will explain the process that will be followed regarding a claim against the harasser and the methods of compensation specific to their losses.  

Legal recourse

Victims of sexual harassment have legal options toward damage compensation and skilled lawyers can assist them after the abuse has been reported through the proper channels at a place of employment, a school, or wherever the incident took place; if there are procedural guidelines set up that must be followed.


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