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Statement from UNCW: November 17, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

The university has thoroughly reviewed the situation related to a UNCW student and Dr. Mike Adams, a professor of criminology. Dr. Adams’s online column and social media presence represent his personal expressions and opinions on a variety of topics. These expressions and opinions are neither within the requested scope of Dr. Adams’s duties with the university, nor do they represent the views of this institution. However, they are expressions protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.   

At this point, the university has not found evidence that Dr. Adams has improperly released any private or confidential information related to the student, or violated the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). There is no evidence of unlawful discrimination by Dr. Adams toward this student in UNCW’s working, living, or learning environment, per the university’s harassment prevention policy. Finally, Dr. Adams’s conduct and written material do not contain any evidence of a true threat toward this or any other student.

The university has consistently worked with this student for some time to address the student’s concerns. We have advised that the student, like any UNCW student, may utilize university procedures and policies to raise issues or complaints related to discrimination, harassment, and/or possible threats. UNCW remains committed to our long-held values of freedom of expression, inclusiveness, and treating our fellow Seahawks with respect and dignity.