Make a Title IX Complaint

Fayetteville State University has designated offices responsible for responding to, investigating, and resolving Title IX complaints. These offices serve all FSU campuses and locations, except where noted.

Not Sure What Your Options Are?

Here are some guidelines:    

    • If it is an emergency, dial 910-672-1911 for FSU PPSD emergency assistance or 911 for off campus emergency assistance.    
    • If you have experienced an incident of harassment that may be a crime under state criminal law, such as sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking, you are encouraged to file a report with FSU Police and Public Safety and/or FSU's Title IX Office.  FSU Police and Public Safety and/or Title IX will formally investigate the incident.    
    • If you wish to submit a report of a possible Title IX violation, including complaints related to pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination or any unwelcome sexual advances, a request for sexual favors or other written, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, report to FSU's Title IX Office.  
    • Learn more about your reporting options

Campus Reporting Options and Confidential Resources

Understanding the Difference between Making a Title IX Complaint to FSU's Police and Public Safety Department (PPSD) and Seeking Confidential Assistance from the Center for Personal Development (CFPD) or Student Health Services (SHS) (FSU Confidential Resources).

Making a report to the FSU Police and Public Safety Department means that the report will be shared with FSU's Chief Title IX Coordinator. In addition, many University employees, designated as Responsible Employees, are required to share information with FSU's Chief Title IX  Coordinator. 

A member of the Title IX Office will communicate with all parties to provide resources and support and to identify the appropriate action to respond to the report as outlined in the applicable policy.   There are many options for resolution of a report, and a Reporting Party is encouraged to make a report even if that individual is not seeking disciplinary action against a Responding Party. The University will make every effort to respect a Reporting Party's autonomy in determining how to proceed. Support and resources are always available to a Reporting Party regardless of the chosen course of action.  

In contrast, information shared with a Confidential Resource will not be disclosed to anyone else, including FSU's Chief Title IX Coordinator, except under very limited circumstances. We recognize that individuals who have experienced Sexual  Violence or Misconduct; Relationship, Domestic, or Dating Violence; Stalking, Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Discrimination or Retaliation incidents often want and need a confidential person to talk to who can help them process what has happened, understand the support and resources available to them, and consider their options. Under State and Federal laws, and University policies, only certain individuals who have professional status are in legally protected roles that permit them to offer confidentiality to those who consult them.

During your consultation with FSU University Health Care personnel, examples of situations where confidentiality cannot be maintained will be discussed; such as, circumstances when the law requires disclosure of information and/or when disclosure by the University is necessary to protect the safety of other individuals.

Any individual may choose to seek support from confidential professionals on and off campus, including CFPD counselors, SHS medical health providers, clergy, and rape crisis counselors.  

FSU Confidential Resources: The trained Health Care professionals designated below can provide counseling, information, and support in a confidential setting:

The FSU University Health Care personnel will not share information about an individual (including whether that individual has received services) without the individual's express permission, unless there is a continuing threat of serious harm to the patient/client or to others or there is a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., suspected abuse or neglect of a minor). These professionals are also available to help an individual make a report to FSU's Title IX Office and/or FSU's PPSD.

What to Expect When Filing a Title IX Complaint 

What to expect when reporting to FSU's Title IX Office:

FSU has designated the Title IX Coordinator to oversee complaints of sexual misconduct at the University. An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to FSU's Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators for investigation.  The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and have knowledge about on- and off-campus resources, services, and options - including the availability of interim protective measures.  Once you submit a report, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the matter and follow the appropriate steps to resolve the case. FSU strives to ensure that students, faculty, staff and visitors are safe and not subject to further harassment or retaliation. 

FSU promptly and thoroughly investigates and resolves complaints alleging sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment, retaliation, dating, relationship and domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. To make a complaint for an incident involving these areas please refer to the Online Report Form or
. Complaints may also be filed with the TitleIX  Office by emailing, calling the Title IX Office at 910-672-2325, or visiting Barber Building, 242.  Read more on reporting to the University.

Filing a complaint with FSU's Title IX Office  is not the equivalent of:

filing a police report, or
reporting the incident to Police, such as 

What to expect when reporting to Police:       

FSU encourages you to report incidents of sexual misconduct to FSU Police and Public Safety and/or local police. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of crimes, including sexual violence crimes, and may lead to the arrest of an offender or aid in the investigation of other incidents.   Read more on filing a police report.

Other Reporting Options:

You have the right to report the incident to off-campus Law Enforcement Officials (Police) and to FSU's  Police and Public Safety. You can report to both, just the Police, just to the University, or to neither. It is your choice. Please know your decision to pursue any criminal, civil, or other legal action will not impact any Title IX investigation. 

Preserving Evidence:   

Regardless of whether an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the police or the University, FSU strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will best maintain all legal options for them in the future. Read more on preserving evidence.


Victims' Assistance Program

The Fayetteville State University Police and Public Safety Department's ("PPSD") Victim Assistance Program provides services to anyone who may become a victim of a crime committed within the jurisdiction of the PPSD.

Services Provided:

1. Victim Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to the emergency needs of a victim. For assistance, call 910.672.1775.

2. Referrals may be made to the University's Center for Personal Development, the Safe-Zone Office, Title IX, and off-campus agencies.

3. Victim assistance personnel can accompany and support victims through all stages of the criminal justice process.

4. Victim Assistance is available to speak to the campus community about the Victim Assistance Program and other related topics. For more information or to request a speaker, call 910.672.1775. All services are free, most are confidential, and available to all University students, faculty, staff and visitors who may become a victim of a crime committed within the jurisdiction of the PPSD.

If you have been the victim of a crime, contact the PPSD Investigations Division at 910.672.2486 or 910.672.1775 to speak with an officer about your needs.