“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” –Elie Wiesel
We, alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are calling for a resumption of Honor Court charges against Landen Gambill. We believe that the Honor Court charges were not only justified but necessary given her abuse of university resources.
While some may have forgotten about this case and the injustice that was committed, we have not.
We believe that former chancellor Holden Thorp was wrong to stop the charges and only did so after sensationalistic bloggers, radical feminist (not mainstream feminism) instigators like Andrea Pino, and “media” outlets (we use the term loosely when referring to organizations like the Gawker network and its affiliate Jezebel) created a false perception that the University was creating a cover-up of some sort.
The history of what happened:
Ms. Gambill’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend ended, and as retaliation, she falsely accused him of sexual assault through the University.
As a result of this accusation, Ms. Gambill’s ex-boyfriend was forced out of UNC without due process of law. Source: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/03/landen-gambills-ex-unc-forced-me-out
Ms. Gambill’s ex-boyfriend was never even charged in a court of law for any crime, much less convicted. The University committee that adjudicated this case also found him not guilty of sexual assault in a 5-0 ruling. Source: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/02/gambill-at-fault-lawyer-says
Ms. Gambill abused University resources in pursuing a vendetta against her ex-boyfriend when no crime was committed. This kind of behavior, of course, is a violation of the Honor Code, and charges were brought accordingly. Instead of facing the consequences of her behavior, however, Ms. Gambill chose spin the story that the University was “covering up” the story. Source: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/02/sexual-assault-victim-charged
- If Ms. Gambill truly believes that a crime has occurred, she should have taken her case to the police. The fact that she has not done so is just another nail in her credibility.
- Ms. Gambill is no heroine and no victim. She is not an “advocate” or “activist.”
- Sensationalistic and viral media has distorted what really transpired. Unfortunately because of this, it is difficult to find the truth because of how many news websites have effectively “Google Bombed” the false story to the top of search results.
- Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend has to struggle rebuilding his life, and as far as we know, nothing has been done by the University to re-compensate him.
What we are calling for specifically is:
- Re-instate the Honor Court charges against Ms. Gambill. If convicted, we ask for her expulsion for abusing University resources for a personal vendetta. While due process was denied to her ex-boyfriend, we do not believe that two wrongs make a right, so we do not deny Ms. Gambill her rights to due process during an Honor Court or expulsion hearing.
- A retraction and mea culpa apology from legitimate media outlets for their libelous comments against UNC. While we would like an apology from quasi-news entertainment websites such as Jezebel, we do not realistically expect one as those websites derive much of their traffic from pure shock value. However, legitimate news organizations such as the News & Observer, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, USA Today, Yahoo News, and the Daily Mail should expect from themselves some level of basic journalistic standards such as investigation instead of parroting and also vetting their sources before printing.
- Complete termination of any UNC office, except for the Department of Public Safety police force, in the involvement of sexual assault cases. Matters such as these belong with the criminal justice system, not self-appointed kangaroo courts. The Title IX Task Force should be dissolved and the funding should be re-directed to professors teaching students (i.e.: UNC’s mission).
- Re-compensation to Ms. Gambill’s ex-boyfriend for his wrongful treatment by the university.
- Legitimate organizations to help sexual assault victims should distance themselves from Ms. Gambill. She is not who you want as some sort of spokesperson.
- Alumni should withhold planned donations to the University until the above mentioned list is satisfied.
Why we care
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
It is not “anti-women” to suggest that someone accused of a crime—much less a serious crime like rape—be given a fair trial and have a chance to present and rebut evidence.
It is not “anti-women” to suggest that criminal cases be handled by the criminal justice system, rather than a University apparatus with no qualifications. We don’t use University kangaroo courts to prosecute muggings near Franklin Street—and we shouldn’t. This is what the real police are for.
It is not “anti-women” to suggest that basic constitutional law be followed in any kind of criminal case. Just because the accused crime is sexual assault does not mean that the Fifth and Sixth Amendment should suddenly be overridden by abusing the power in Title IX.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be in, was formed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
- No grand jury issued an indictment of Landen Gambill’s ex-boyfriend, much less a conviction. Additionally, the extra-judicial UNC panel also found him not guilty in a 5-0 ruling.
- Her ex-boyfriend was deprived of his education at UNC regardless.
- His “trial” was neither public nor speedy, was not by an impartial jury of the State, he was unable to rebut witnesses against him, and he was offered no legal counsel.
We challenge anyone to submit arguments to the contrary. If you truly believe that a student should be able to falsely accuse another student of rape, and have the accused be kicked out of school without due process, make your case before a candid world.
Contact the University of North Carolina’s administration and ask them to take action. Be respectful but firm. We don’t need to sink to name calling when the truth is on our side.
Chancellor website (contact information at the bottom): http://chancellor.unc.edu/
UNC system website (contact information towards middle of page): http://www.northcarolina.edu/contact/contact.php
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