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Attorney General College Tour



In college, students often face a new set of experiences. Some of these experiences are wonderful opportunities that help them build strong futures. Others are more challenging experiences that can leave students vulnerable or negatively affect their post-college lives.
 
One of Attorney General Josh Stein’s key priorities is educating North Carolinians about issues that could hurt them, providing resources to help people protect themselves and those around them, and increasing public safety.
 
Attorney General Stein is conducting a series of college tours across the state to discuss key issues important to North Carolina's students. The tours will give Attorney General Stein the opportunity to speak directly to college students, educators and administrative officials about issues that are prevalent on college campuses. These discussions will highlight and contribute to the conversations happening on campuses among students and officials and educate communities about resources available to them. The panels will bring together experts from a variety of fields, including administration, law enforcement, advocacy, and research, among others, to discuss current challenges and promising solutions.
 
At each college, Attorney General Stein will hold panel conversations with local, university, and NCDOJ experts on three key issues:
  • Student loans
  • Sexual assault
  • Substance misuse
 
These three issues are particularly relevant to college campuses, where students may be struggling to navigate challenging situations in unfamiliar environments. More information on each of these issues is available below. 

Student Loans
 
Student loan debt totals more than $1.3 million in the United States. The average student loan borrower in North Carolina owes more than $25,000. Students take out loans so they can pay for college, advance their education and careers, and invest in their futures. But to protect their finances and ensure they can pay back their loans without falling victim to the burden of debt or scammers, borrowers need to have the information that allows them to make the best decisions for their wallet, and their future.
 
Sexual Assault
 
Sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds and 1 in 4 undergraduate women have experienced rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation. The Attorney General’s Office is committed to bringing abusers to justice, helping survivors find closure, and preventing abuse. In addition to a strong focus on prevention and enforcement, NCDOJ hopes to foster a conversation about ways students can reduce sexual violence. That includes encouraging bystander intervention, changing the dialogue around accepted behaviors, and listening to students themselves about their views.
 
Substance Misuse
 
The opioid crisis is a public health epidemic in North Carolina and in the United States. Every day, nearly four North Carolinians die from a drug overdose. On college campuses, the epidemic is compounded by prescription drug diversion and a connection to alcohol abuse and self-medication. Solving the opioid crisis and providing resources to people on North Carolina campuses involves a three-pronged approach that encompasses prevention, treatment, and enforcement solutions.
 
College tours will be listed as they are scheduled. If you are interested in attending or being on a panel for future tours, please contact nahmed@ncdoj.gov.
 
Upcoming Tours:

North Carolina A&T State University
Monday, April 16
12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
New Science Building, Room 215

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Substance Misuse Panel
2 - 3 p.m.: Sexual Assault Panel
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Student Loans Panel 
 

Past Tours: 

UNC-Chapel Hill
Thursday, Jan. 25
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Student Loans Panel
Moderated by Attorney General Josh Stein

Panelists
  • Matt Liles, Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection, NCDOJ
  • Rachelle Feldman, Associate Provost and Director, Scholarships and Student Aid, UNC-CH
  • Kate Elengold, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC School of Law; Director, Consumer Financial Transaction Center

2 – 3 p.m.: Sexual Assault Panel
Moderated by Attorney General Josh Stein

Panelists
  • Jasmine McGhee, Special Deputy Attorney General, Director, Public Protection Section, NCDOJ
  • Christi Hurt, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, UNC-CH
  • Sammie Espada, student, UNC-CH

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Substance Misuse Panel
Panelists
  • Attorney General Josh Stein
  • Steve Marshall, Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Director, Injury Prevention Research Center, UNC-CH
  • Eliza Filene, student, UNC-CH