Title IX

Sexual Harassment

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 individual, or
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance, academic activities or student experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

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
  • Stalking.

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.

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

"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 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In complying with Title IX, Fayetteville State University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of sex. Additionally, the University prohibits and will not tolerate sex discrimination as it pertains to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual violence or assaults (as defined below). The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) also requires the University to address sexual violence, interpersonal (dating) violence, and stalking.