ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) - After a summer of controversy, Elizabeth City State University canceled classes for 90 minutes Tuesday while faculty and staff met with the leader of the University of North Carolina School System.
During the meeting, UNC President Thomas Ross was complimentary of ECSU. WAVY.com asked him about the recent controversy of uninvestigated crimes that put the campus in a negative spotlight.
"I think you are always concerned when this type of thing happens," he said. "When students who come forward with their complaints are not handled properly, you have to be concerned."
The ECSU Police Department failed to investigate 127 reported cases of crime on campus -- crimes ranging from rape to armed robbery and kidnapping. The school's Police Chief Sam Beamon, among others on the force, lost their jobs when the controversy was exposed.
Ross was a judge for 17 years and now oversees North Carolina's 17 state universities. He said he is satisfied the campus is back on the right track.
"The campus has taken major steps to reconstitute the police department. They have put correct procedures in place to hire quality officers," Ross said. "This is a safe campus today, and we are working together to pull together a police department that is really well-functioning."
WAVY.com has learned 14 of the 127 cases remain open . The rest have been investigated and closed.
"There are still some cases before the district attorney, but they are few, and they will be disposed of in an appropriate way," Ross said.
Ross also said independent consultant Margolis Healy and Associates is nearly done with a report of the ECSU's process for reporting crimes. Margolis Healy and Associates is an experienced firm that specializes in campus safety and security.
However, after all the progress made at ECSU, university officials still refuse to explain how the 127 uninvestigated cases were initially covered up.
For more info on the cases that have been closed and the ones that remain open, click here .
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