Treat campus sexual assaults as crimes

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Last Friday, University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross announced a campus security initiative to ensure sexual assault cases are properly investigated and prosecuted, and more broadly that serious campus crimes get the attention they deserve.

The move is tardy but welcome. It follows months of revelations and charges of mishandling sexual assault cases and underreporting of campus crimes generally. The U.S. Department of Education is probing some complaints, and the State Bureau of Investigation is looking into others.

The case of Elizabeth City State University student Katherine Lowe highlights why the UNC system needs to urgently and seriously address sexual assault on its campuses.

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