On Nov. 8 public documents from the Womble Bond Dickison (US) LLP were released regarding former East Carolina University’s Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach. The documents stated that “specific allegations contained in the Emails (from John Q Public) are largely false.”
The emails sent from John Q Public made allegations against Gerlach stating that the “sexual conduct in public and made inappropriate remarks.” As interim chancellor, one is looked at to represent a part of the university. With this allegation made, ECU made headlines giving people the ability to assume what ECU culture is about, partying.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe that the UNC Board of Governors releasing this information about Gerlach is beneficial for the Greenville and ECU community because it not only clears Gerlach’s name, but puts ECU’s reputation in good stance.
It is important for the Greenville and ECU community to understand the legal process behind these allegations and understand that the allegations made against Gerlach are false because he held a part of ECU’s reputation in his hand.
Being that ECU has had a reputation as a “party school,” we find that the cleared allegations help ECU achieve the status it deserves.