UPDATE: Shortly after this article was published, UNCA General Counsel Heather Parlier responded to one of the phone requests for records left by Project Veritas. She provided no information of any significance. At this time, Chief Boyce still hasn’t responded to any of Project Veritas’ requests.
Following Project Veritas’ recent exposé showing a University of North Carolina official enabling an male undercover reporter who posed as a sexual predator stating that he uses the female bathroom for sexually deviant purposes, it now appears that the UNC Asheville public relations department, general counsel, Title IX office and/or the University police department are engaged in a cover-up operation at taxpayer expense. We will provide the facts below so you can decide for yourself if UNC Asheville is up to no good.
Jill Moffitt, who serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Title IX Administrator at the University of North Carolina Asheville, is a “mandatory reporter” who seems to have turned a blind eye on April 14, 2016 to the predatory activities in which the undercover journalist claimed to have engaged.
“You’re taking snap chats of women?” said Ms. Moffitt during the hidden camera video. “You’re alerting me to what we call ‘sexual exploitation.’ Don’t tell me anything more… Don’t tell me anything more… When people take… don’t say anything just listen.”
On April 28, Ashlea Surles of western North Carolina ABC News affiliate WLOS wrote that “alarmed by the possibility of criminal activity, UNC Asheville’s Title IX administrator ended the conversation and immediately notified campus police.”
Following up on this new piece of information, the Project Veritas communications department followed through, calling the University Police Department to obtain a copy of the police report. Each of the three calls (listen below) on April 29 were routed to Police Chief Eric Boyce. Chief Boyce never answered his phone, but a Project Veritas staff member left a voice mail message after each call. After realizing this method wasn’t likely to work, a Project Veritas undercover journalist posed as a concerned parent (audio of this call below). Her call was routed to a public relations voice mail account, but never returned.
On May 2, Project Veritas tried one more call to the police chief, but this call was not returned.
A different Project Veritas staff member emailed a request for the police report. A few hours later, UNC Asheville General Counsel Heather Parlier emailed this police report. Several things immediately stood out:
- The document wasn’t signed.
- There is a key section of the document which has been redacted.
- The document identifies Project Veritas President James O’Keefe as the suspect. Mr. O’Keefe does not believe Ms. Moffitt identified him during the undercover interview. Most likely, she first became aware of the hidden camera nature of the the encounter when she was called by Project Veritas for a comment about the interview on April 27.
- There is no relevant incident report currently appearing in the online crime report log used by the University of North Carolina system.
When the University General Counsel returned the police report, she was asked for a copy of the audio from the 911 call. “UNC Asheville does not have such a record,” responded Ms. Parlier.
Project Veritas is currently in the process of obtaining any records available pertaining to this police report.
Here are the facts:
- Project Veritas called the campus police three times on April 28. All of the calls were routed to the Chief of Police. None of the calls were returned.
- A Project Veritas undercover journalist called under the guise of being a concerned parent. Her call wasn’t returned.
- A police report was eventually supplied to Project Veritas, but it contained a possibly key redacted section.
- There is no report appearing in their online system.
- It seems unlikely that anyone at the University could have positively identified Mr. O’Keefe as the subject of their investigation mere minutes after he completed his interview of Ms. Moffitt.
- The University General Counsel states they have no 911 records.
Perhaps UNC Asheville simply doesn’t have the time and personnel to return any calls and they really screwed up the paperwork. Alternately, several key people at UNC Asheville are engaged in a cover-up operation in order to make it appear that their Title IX officer reported suspicious activity in a timely manner. You decide.
Here is the audio of the calls to the UNC Asheville police department and the undercover journalist call:
Click the image below to view the police report: