ECSU head resigns amid probes of campus crimes

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Submitted: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 3:37am
Updated: Sat, 05/18/2013 - 3:38am

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – Elizabeth City State University’s top administrator is resigning as investigators look into the school’s failure to report campus crimes as federal law requires and alleged witness intimidation by the university’s police department.

Chancellor Willie Gilchrist says he’s resigning ahead of officially retiring at the end of June. A university statement described Gilchrist as saying his decision is in the best interests of the university, the University of North Carolina system, and his family.

His resignation comes in the wake of reports that the campus police department did not investigate about 125 criminal complaints going back to 2007, including 18 sexual assaults. The campus police chief was placed on leave and later resigned.

Gilchrist was paid $220,000 a year leading the public university with nearly 2,900 undergraduate students.

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