Sex Discrimination Is Rampant at North Carolina Universities

Raleigh, NC—Adam Kissel, former deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs at the U.S. Department of Education and current senior fellow at the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, has authored a new report for the Martin Center entitled “Pervasive Sex Discrimination at North Carolina Universities.” The publication focuses on the programs and activities that bar men from participation at three public and two private universities: UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, NC State University, Wake Forest University, and Duke University.

Kissel’s report provides evidence that these five institutions demonstrate a systemic, institutional bias in favor of women at the expense of men that violates both the policies of the universities themselves and also city, county, state, and federal laws. Additionally, it seems likely that other universities in the UNC system exhibit the same pattern of discrimination.

Jenna A. Robinson, president of the Martin Center, said, “Equal opportunity for everyone is the cornerstone of the American Dream. Especially at college campuses, every student must be given the same opportunities to learn and thrive. This report shows how, at some universities, special privileges for women students have deprived men of opportunities that should be for everyone.”

After researching the prevalence of sex discrimination at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina State University, and Wake Forest University, Kissel filed discrimination complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against these institutions. He did not submit a complaint against Duke University because another scholar has already done so.

Kissel concludes, “In the name of diversity, equity, and inclusion, North Carolina universities have often chosen inequity and exclusion.” To read the full report, please visit our website.