"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, mandates that no person shall be excluded from participation in or discriminated against on the basis of sex in programs or activities at educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Acts of sexual violence, harassment and/or misconduct are forms of sex discrimination. Sexual discrimination is prohibited by Title IX. FSU takes such matters seriously and will investigate complaints of violations of sexual misconduct. People to contact about your concerns or complaints are listed under contacts.
Legal citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34.C.F.R Part 106 (Title IX).
FSU does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filing a Report
Individuals who desire to file a confidential report and receive private counseling should contact the Center for Personal Development at (910)672-1222/1203 or the Cumberland County Rape Crisis Center at (910) 485-7273.
Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact Campus Police immediately for your safety and evidence collections at (910) 672-1911. Reporting to police will not affect your ability to pursue resolution through the University process. The University's process is independent of the criminal process.
The University's Prohibited Sexual Conduct Policy can be found here: Prohibited Sexual Conduct Policy
To file an incident report on-line please visit: Sexual Misconduct Incident Report
Reports outside of the university may be made directly to the U.S. Department of Education
The University is committed to taking effective action to prevent and correct sexual harassment by or against members of the University community. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic or student status, or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment, academic or other institutional decisions affecting such
- such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University's education or employment programs and/or activities.
Sexual Misconduct and/or Relationship Violence
The University is committed to fostering a safe campus environment where sexual misconduct is unacceptable and is not tolerated. Sexual misconduct is defined as any act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without effective consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Attempted or completed intercourse or penetration (anal, oral or vaginal);
- Sexual touching (including disrobing or exposure);
- Sexual exploitation;
- Sexual violence;
- Sexual intimidation;
- Domestic Violence;
- Dating Violence; or
Pregnancy and Child Birth
Under the Department's Title IX regulations, recipients are prohibited from: (a) applying any rule concerning parental, family, or
marital status that treats person differently on the basis of sex; or (b) discriminating against or excluding any student from its education program or
activity, including any class or extracurricular activity on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery
For more information, and help with academic assistance related to pregnancy and childbirth please contact the Students with Disabilities Services, Ms. Victoria Ratliff at (910) 672-1222.
What types of accommodations may I request?
Specific accommodations will vary from student to student. Examples of accommodations may include:
- a larger desk
- breaks during class
- rescheduling tests or exams
- excusing absences due to pregnancy or related conditions
- submitting work after a deadline missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
- providing alternatives to make up missed work
The FSU Nursing Room provides a private, secure, clean space for breastfeeding. The location is listed below. The room is available to all students, faculty and staff, as well as spouses and domestic partners.
Nursing Room Location
Williams Hall, second floor, Room 215
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:
- Make sure you are in a safe place.
- Call someone -- you should not be alone. Call a trusted friend, family member, trained counselor or medical professional, FSU Sexual Assault Services, FSU Police or 911.
- Get medical help right away. You need to be examined for injury, physical evidence, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours after the assault. A specially trained sexual assault nurse examiner will perform DNA collection (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit - PERK), injury assessment, documentation, preventive medications and referrals to legal and support services. Going to the hospital to seek medical attention does not obligate you to report the crime.
- In order to preserve evidence, do not change your clothes, wash, shower, douche, eat, drink, brush your teeth or use the bathroom. If you must change your clothes, place the items in a paper bag - not plastic - and take them with you to the emergency room. This is very important if you decide to file a report later. Bring a change of clothes with you.
- Consider reporting the assault. You are encouraged to report the assault to the FSU Campus police or the local police.
Where to get help:
Hospitals that perform SANE exams:
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has received special training so that he/she can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims. In addition, he/she is able to conduct a forensic exam and may provide expert testimony if a case goes to trial. These exams are also known as Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK).
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
1638 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28302
Womack Army Medical Center
2817 Reilly St., Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Advocacy and Support Resources:
The following community resources offer free and confidential services and support to those impacted by sexual assault, abuse or violence:
Center for Personal Development at (910) 672-1222/1203
Cumberland County Rape Crisis Center at (910) 485-7273 or 485-RAPE
It's On Us - Changing the Culture of Sexual Misconduct
Our goal is to create an environment in which everyone feels safe, and sexual misconduct is not tolerated. Every person has the ability to be an active and responsible bystander. Bystander intervention aims to prevent various types of violence including bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence. When you see something that you think is not right, say something, do something and/or get someone's attention to help prevent violence.
You should feel empowered to take action whenever you feel uncomfortable with another student's conduct, or when you see that another student may be subject to emotional or physical harm.
Students engaging in "bystander interventions" such as these are discouraged from putting themselves or others in harm's way, and are not being asked to be judgmental of their peers. Instead, bystander intervention involves noticing a potentially harmful situation, and then saying or doing something safe and positive to defuse it.
This applies to sexual misconduct as well. Taking action may be as simple as approaching a fellow student at a party (particularly if he or she might have had too much to drink, or is receiving potentially unwanted or inappropriate attention from another individual) and asking if he or she is alright or getting them to a safe place. It also might be as simple as taking a fellow student aside and letting him or her know that his or her conduct might be disrespecting the other individual, or that it could result in negative consequences for both of them.
Bystanders have the power to stop abuse and to get help for people who have been victimized. Not only can you stop a friend or teammate from inappropriate actions but also say something to protest offensive or derogatory remarks, including sexist or racist jokes. Things you can do before or after an instance of violence will help STOP ABUSE at FSU:
What Is Campus Sexual Violence?
This issue of the newsletter by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides a concise explanation of sexual violence on campus, the organizations involved, and a list of resources and references.
Understanding the Campus SaVE Act
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act increases transparency on campus about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees victims enhanced rights, sets standards for disciplinary proceedings, and requires campus-wide prevention education programs. The Campus SaVE Act amends the Clery Act, which addresses campus sexual assault policies within the Higher Education Act of 1965. President Obama signed SaVE into law on March 7, 2013 as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization.
Clery Act Compliance
This act requires all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA's Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998 and 2000. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of a student who was slain in her dorm room in 1986. It is generally referred to as the Clery Act.