UNCSA ignored the sexual abuse of underage students, according to a lawsuit. conservatory of the arts of Winston-Salem continued by former students | Education

One of the plaintiffs is Christopher Sonderund, who filed a lawsuit against the school in 1995. In this lawsuit, he alleged that dance teachers at UNCSA forced him to have sex at the school. age 16. Richard Kuch, formerly Deputy Dean of the School of Dance, and Gain have been suspended from their duties.

The 1995 lawsuit also described an environment at the school of the arts where faculty members openly had sex with students. Others were aware of the behavior and did nothing to stop it.

The lawsuit sparked scrutiny at the art school that went as far as the NC General Assembly.

A Winston-Salem Journal investigation published on August 13, 1995 cited former students and faculty as saying that the arts school and arts school administrators have ignored a well-known problem for years.

The incidents of sexual misconduct, the Journal said, went unchecked because the art school did not have procedures in place that would have helped students believe they could report the allegations.

Markham was also named in the 1995 lawsuit, which was dismissed. The North Carolina Court of Appeal overturned the decision, but it was again overturned by the Forsyth Superior Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeal upheld that decision in 2001. Kuch and Gain quit after school officials began a process to end it.

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