Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Willie Gilchrist announced on Friday that he will resign his post, as a state investigation continues into allegations that the school failed to report numerous campus crime incidents.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating the university's response to reports of sexual assaults, the Virginian-Pilot reports, including alleged witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. Gilchrist confirmed on March 13 that university police failed to investigate about 125 criminal complaints since 2007, including 18 sexual assaults, according to the Associated Press.

ECSU Police Chief Sam Beamon was placed on leave in April, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to WTKR. Beamon later announced his resignation on May 10.

Gilchrist announced his resignation on May 17, four days after his admission that campus police failed to investigate crime reports. He will step down effective June 30.

"While I am grateful for the opportunity to have served over the last seven years, I am eagerly anticipating and look forward to spending more time with my family, along with the other opportunities that retirement will bring," Gilchrist said in a statement.

Gilchrist avoided any mention of the ongoing investigation in his public statement. A university spokesperson declined to comment to The Huffington Post on whether Gilchrist's resignation might be related to the failures in campus crime reporting.

"We feel that Dr. Gilchrist made a tremendous contribution to the university during his time," said Abdul Rasheed, chairman of ECSU's board of trustees, told The Virginian-Pilot. "I don't want to second-guess him on what he should have or should not have done."

Under the federal Clery Act, all colleges and universities must accurately track campus crime statistics and publish them in annual reports available to the public. A review of ECSU's latest Clery report shows the school did not report any sex offenses in 2009, 2010 or 2011. However, the Elizabeth City Police Department discovered seven sex offense complaints during those years, as well as complaints from other years, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

If the U.S. Department of Education finds that the university violated Clery Act mandates, the school could be fined or lose eligibility for federal financial aid. Last week, Yale University received a $165,000 fine from the department for failing to accurately report sex offenses on campus.

ECSU has hired the law firm Margolis Healy and Associates to help them review the university's crime reporting procedures.

ECSU is a public university in the University of North Carolina system. UNC-Chapel Hill is currently under two federal investigations into how it has handled reports of sexual assault on campus, including allegations that the university has underreported attacks.

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