Chancellor Resigns Amid Investigation of Failing to Report Sexual Assaults
By Tyler Kingkade
Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Willie Gilchrist announced that he will resign his post amid a state investigation into allegations that the school failed to report numerous campus crime incidents.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the university’s response to reports of sexual assaults, the Virginian-Pilot reports, including alleged witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. Gilchrist confirmed on March 13 that university police failed to investigate about 125 criminal complaints since 2007, including 18 sexual assaults, according to the Associated Press.
ECSU Police Chief Sam Beamon was placed on leave in April, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to WTKR. Beamon later announced his resignation on May 10.
Gilchrist announced his resignation on May 17, four days after his admission that campus police failed to investigate crime reports. He will step down effective June 30.
“While I am grateful for the opportunity to have served over the last seven years, I am eagerly anticipating and look forward to spending more time with my family, along with the other opportunities that retirement will bring,” Gilchrist said in a statement.
Gilchrist avoided any mention of the ongoing investigation in his public statement. A university spokesperson declined to comment to The Huffington Post on whether Gilchrist’s resignation might be related to the failures in campus crime reporting.