Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that: 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.

Beginning on August 1, 2019, Fayetteville State University's Title IX Office is making a few adjustments to better serve our campus community and continue to offer the best service, support, and resources possible. Please call 910-672-2325, visit Barber Building 242, or email the Title IX  Office with any questions. 


 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 impacting the individual, or
  • 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.

Fayetteville State University's Sexual Harassment Policy

 

Sexual Misconduct and/or Relationship ViolenceThe 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

Fayetteville State University's Prohibited Sexual Conduct Policy

What is Sexual Violence?



Filing a Complaint 

Individuals may file an Title IX complaint  with FSU's Title IX Office:

  • Visit: Barber Building 242
  • Call: 910672-2325

Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact FSU's Police and Public Safety  or Fayetteville Police Department immediately for their safety and evidence collections at (910) 672-1911. Reporting to police will not impact your ability to pursue resolution through the University's Title IX process. The University's Title IX process is independent of the criminal process.

Individuals who desire to receive confidential counseling, information about filing a complaint,  and/or filing a complaint in a confidential setting that will not be shared with the FSU Title IX Office should contact: 

CFPD provides free, private, and confidential counseling services to FSU students. Spaulding Building (910) 672-1222

 SHS provides a variety of confidential student-centered, quality health and preventative services to FSU students. Spaulding Building (910)672-1259

 

519 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 485-7273 or 485-RAPE


Online Applications and Resources:

  • FSU's Live Safe  It's the University's Safety app that enables direct and discreet two-way, real-time interaction between FSU students and the Department of Police and Public Safety. 
  • FSU's Broncos Alerts  It's the University's Emergency Notification System, used to notify the campus community about any situation or condition that could threaten the safety of individuals on campus.
  • FSU's Call Boxes The quickest way to receive assistance from our Police and Public Safety Team. 
  • Circle of 6 It's the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you're out for the night. A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens.
  • myPlan myPlan is a tool to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing abuse in their intimate relationship. 

 


Notice of Non-Discrimination

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. This prohibition against sex discrimination covers all University programs and activities (both on and off campus), including but not limited to financial assistance, housing, athletics, recruitment, and admissions. Title IX also prohibits all forms of discrimination in all aspects of employment. Fayetteville State University's complete non-discrimination policies, grievance procedures, and University officials responsible for supporting the University's compliance are outlined  here and  here.

You may also direct inquiries concerning the application of non-discrimination laws to by emailing the Title IX Office, calling 910-672-2325,  visiting Barber Building Room 242, or  to the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR). For further information about OCR and its jurisdiction, call 1-800-421-3481, email  Office of Civil Rights or visit  U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights home page


Fayetteville State University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 

How To Get Help
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:

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 Victim Assistance, FSU Police and Public Safety, and/or 911. A friend or family member can drive the victim to the hospital, or the victim can contact their local emergency services for a ride to the hospital. Victims should be aware that their ability to keep certain information confidential will be limited if they contact FSU Police and Public Safety. A formal report will also be submitted to the Title IX Office.

  • 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.

  • Preserving Evidence.

 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. 
    • In all cases of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, victims are encouraged to preserve other evidence including, but not limited to, handwritten or electronic communications such as text messages, telephone messages and emails, videos and/ or photographs of the incident or bruises/markings.
    • Preserving physical and documentary evidence may be helpful in obtaining a protection order from NC Courts or providing information related to an incident in a criminal case or conduct matter. 
  • Consider reporting the assault.

You are encouraged to report the assault to the FSU Police and Public Safety Team police and/or the local police.

Where to get help:

The University encourages victims to go to the emergency room of any of the local hospitals and request a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who will conduct a forensic examination and collect physical evidence. A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has received special training so that he/she can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims.  Completing an examination does not mean that you have to file a police report; it simply preserves evidence if you decide you want to use it later.  More details about the components of a sexual assault forensic exam can be found here.

Hospitals that perform SANE exams:

         1638 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28302
        2817 Reilly St., Fort Bragg, NC 28310

Local Advocacy and Support Resources:

The following campus and local resources offer free and confidential services and support to those impacted by sexual assault, abuse or violence:

 

Learn More About Title IX & Additional Resources

Learn More About Title IX: 


 

Local and State Resources:

All of these organizations provide free, confidential resources, referrals, and services for sexual assault victims, survivors and their close family and friends:

 


  National Resources:

 


Online Resources:

  • LoveisRespect.org provides a live,confidential chat (IM-style) with a peer advocate available 24/7.

 

  • Onelove educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better. 
    • Call a Peer Advocate - Speak with a trained LoveisRespect advocate for education and support for you or someone you love who is in a violent relationship. 1-866-331-9474.
    • Text Message - Get a quick response from one of LoveisRespect's peer advocates by texting "loveis" (capitalization does not matter) to 22522.

 

  • Scarleteen provides inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationship information for emerging adults.

 

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is working to provide tools, facilitate connections with other LGBTQ student activists across the country and empower youth to fight for LGBTQ equality on campus and beyond.

  • 1in6.org Support for men who have experienced abusive or unwanted sexual experiences.

 

  • End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

 

 

  • Trans Lifeline  created and staffed by transgender people, the Trans Lifeline is for any transgender person in crisis.

 

  • Peace Over Violence builds healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence. 

 

 

  • Boys Town provides support groups and other metnal wellness services.

 

  • Good Therapy search for therapists and counselors in your area using Good Therapy's directory.

 

  • LGBT National Hotline serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people by providing peer support and local resources.

 

  • Your Life Your Voice is a hotline for teens and young adults dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction, physical or sexual abuse, gang violence or an overwhelming challenge.

 

  • Pandora's Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family.

 

  • Planned Parenthood  is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally. Chat online or text "PPNOW" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers.

 

  • Victim Connect  provides information and referrals for victims of all crime and can be reached at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846).

 

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

  • Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message.

 

BRONCOS It's ON US

Broncos, 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 they might have had too much to drink, or is receiving potentially unwanted or inappropriate attention from another individual) and asking if they are alright or getting them to a safe place. It also might be as simple as taking a fellow student aside and letting them know that their 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 reject 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:

Campus Sexual Violence

What Is Campus Sexual Violence?

The  Understanding Teen Dating  Violence and Sexual Assault (NDVH)  and  What is Campus Sexual Assault (NSVRC) articles provide  concise explanations of sexual violence on campus.  Dating Violence Information has more information about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. 

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

 The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (known as the Clery Act) is a federal law requiring United States colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to do the following with regards to sexual assault reports: 1) Publish an Annual Security Report; 2) Disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities; 3) Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees; and 4) Devise an emergency response, notification, and testing policy. 

See Fayetteville State University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report  and  Clery Compliance page for more details.

Fayetteville State University Department of Police and Public Safety would like to remind the University Community (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to:

  • Report suspicious activity or persons.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and look assertive.
  • Walk with friends or coworkers when possible.
  • Trust your intuition, if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, choose an alternative.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a call box for emergency assistance.
  • Program the phone number for Fayetteville State University Police into your cell phone (910) 672-1775 or (910) 672-1911.

Contact Crime Prevention Officer Robin Williams at ext. 2656 for crime prevention training.

How To Get Help
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:

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 Victim Assistance, FSU Police and Public Safety, and/or 911. A friend or family member can drive the victim to the hospital, or the victim can contact their local emergency services for a ride to the hospital. Victims should be aware that their ability to keep certain information confidential will be limited if they contact FSU Police and Public Safety. A formal report will also be submitted to the Title IX Office.

  • 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.

  • Preserving Evidence.

 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. 
    • In all cases of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, victims are encouraged to preserve other evidence including, but not limited to, handwritten or electronic communications such as text messages, telephone messages and emails, videos and/ or photographs of the incident or bruises/markings.
    • Preserving physical and documentary evidence may be helpful in obtaining a protection order from NC Courts or providing information related to an incident in a criminal case or conduct matter. 
  • Consider reporting the assault.

You are encouraged to report the assault to the FSU Police and Public Safety Team police and/or the local police.

Where to get help:

The University encourages victims to go to the emergency room of any of the local hospitals and request a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who will conduct a forensic examination and collect physical evidence. A SANE is a Registered Nurse who has received special training so that he/she can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims.  Completing an examination does not mean that you have to file a police report; it simply preserves evidence if you decide you want to use it later.  More details about the components of a sexual assault forensic exam can be found here.

Hospitals that perform SANE exams:

         1638 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28302
        2817 Reilly St., Fort Bragg, NC 28310

Local Advocacy and Support Resources:

The following campus and local resources offer free and confidential services and support to those impacted by sexual assault, abuse or violence:

 

Learn More About Title IX & Additional Resources

Learn More About Title IX: 


 

Local and State Resources:

All of these organizations provide free, confidential resources, referrals, and services for sexual assault victims, survivors and their close family and friends:

 


  National Resources:

 


Online Resources:

  • LoveisRespect.org provides a live,confidential chat (IM-style) with a peer advocate available 24/7.

 

  • Onelove educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better. 
    • Call a Peer Advocate - Speak with a trained LoveisRespect advocate for education and support for you or someone you love who is in a violent relationship. 1-866-331-9474.
    • Text Message - Get a quick response from one of LoveisRespect's peer advocates by texting "loveis" (capitalization does not matter) to 22522.

 

  • Scarleteen provides inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationship information for emerging adults.

 

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is working to provide tools, facilitate connections with other LGBTQ student activists across the country and empower youth to fight for LGBTQ equality on campus and beyond.

  • 1in6.org Support for men who have experienced abusive or unwanted sexual experiences.

 

  • End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

 

 

  • Trans Lifeline  created and staffed by transgender people, the Trans Lifeline is for any transgender person in crisis.

 

  • Peace Over Violence builds healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence. 

 

 

  • Boys Town provides support groups and other metnal wellness services.

 

  • Good Therapy search for therapists and counselors in your area using Good Therapy's directory.

 

  • LGBT National Hotline serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people by providing peer support and local resources.

 

  • Your Life Your Voice is a hotline for teens and young adults dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction, physical or sexual abuse, gang violence or an overwhelming challenge.

 

  • Pandora's Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family.

 

  • Planned Parenthood  is a nonprofit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally. Chat online or text "PPNOW" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers.

 

  • Victim Connect  provides information and referrals for victims of all crime and can be reached at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846).

 

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

  • Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message.

 

BRONCOS It's ON US

Broncos, 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 they might have had too much to drink, or is receiving potentially unwanted or inappropriate attention from another individual) and asking if they are alright or getting them to a safe place. It also might be as simple as taking a fellow student aside and letting them know that their 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 reject 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:

Campus Sexual Violence

What Is Campus Sexual Violence?

The  Understanding Teen Dating  Violence and Sexual Assault (NDVH)  and  What is Campus Sexual Assault (NSVRC) articles provide  concise explanations of sexual violence on campus.  Dating Violence Information has more information about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. 

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

 The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (known as the Clery Act) is a federal law requiring United States colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to do the following with regards to sexual assault reports: 1) Publish an Annual Security Report; 2) Disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities; 3) Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees; and 4) Devise an emergency response, notification, and testing policy. 

See Fayetteville State University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report  and  Clery Compliance page for more details.

Fayetteville State University Department of Police and Public Safety would like to remind the University Community (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to:

  • Report suspicious activity or persons.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and look assertive.
  • Walk with friends or coworkers when possible.
  • Trust your intuition, if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, choose an alternative.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a call box for emergency assistance.
  • Program the phone number for Fayetteville State University Police into your cell phone (910) 672-1775 or (910) 672-1911.

Contact Crime Prevention Officer Robin Williams at ext. 2656 for crime prevention training.