Report a Concern, Incident, or Tip to the Title IX Office

The University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act 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 assistance. Sex and gender-based discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity.

 
Students, you have the power to choose what's best for you. 

You have the right to report to any incident you have experienced or have knowledge of to FSU's Title IX Office, FSU PPSDDirector of Student Conduct, and/or off-campus Law Enforcement Officials. You are encouraged to report. You are not required to report. It is your choice to report.

No person who experiences any form of Sexual Violence or Misconduct, Relationship Abuse, Domestic Abuse, or Dating Violence, Stalking, Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based/Sex Discrimination or Retaliation has to deal with the situation alone. There are resources available on and off-campus.




Student Resources and Reporting Options

FSU Confidential Support Teams

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

FSU Center for Personal Development Spaulding Building (910) 672-1222
Counseling services, provided by licensed professional counselors, are free, private, and confidential. 

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Fayetteville State University Employees: 

All University Staff, Employees, and Faculty All University employees, except for counselors in the Center for Personal Development and Student Health Services medical personnel, with knowledge of an incident of Prohibited Sexual Conduct committed by a University student or experienced by a University student are obligated to report the incident to the Title IX Office.  The employee reporting the incident is not authorized to investigate or attempt to resolve the incident without the involvement of the Chief Title IX Coordinator. 

 If you are an employee at Fayetteville State University, then you are a mandated reporter.  Do you know what that means? See below for more details.




FSU's Title IX Office Reporting Options:

  • Visit: Barber Building 242
  • Call: 910-672-2325




Fayetteville State University's Clery Office and  Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

File a Complaint related to a FSU Student Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, or Stalking
File a Complaint related to a FSU Student Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, or Stalking

Report student on student sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, or stalking:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FayettevilleStateUniv&layout_id=1


Report other student non-academic misconduct:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FayettevilleStateUniv

File a Complaint related to a FSU Employee Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Discrimination, or Sexual Harassment
File a Complaint related to a FSU Employee Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Discrimination, or Sexual Harassment

To report staff or faculty sexual misconduct, sexual discrimination, or sexual harassment:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=9ObhsvFkckidocqKmnxB91HehUpWzLVMgVPdwoLiGrFUQzhWODhPSzc4TEdNV1pKVloyQVhKVTZKWS4u 


To make other complaints against staff or faculty: 

https://www.uncfsu.edu/assets/Documents/written_complaint_procedures3.pdf

Campus Reporting Options and Confidential Resources for Students
Campus Reporting Options and Confidential Resources for Students

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 Reporting a Title IX Complaint
What to Expect When Reporting a Title IX Complaint

 

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. 


Reports may also be filed with the TitleIX  Office by emailing TitleIX@uncfsu.edu, calling the Title IX Office at 910-672-2325, or visiting Barber Building, 242.  Read more on reporting to the University.


Is Reporting the Incident to the Title IX Office the Same as Reporting to Law Enforcement Officials?
Is Reporting the Incident to the Title IX Office the Same as Reporting to Law Enforcement Officials?

No. You have the right to report to both the Title IX Office and any Law Enforcement.

Reporting a complaint to 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

The University 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. 

  • A police report will document the incident and take the first steps toward filing criminal charges. When you contact the police to the make the report, a patrol officer will meet with you at a location that you choose and take the report. You have the right to have a support person or advocate with you during the conversation.
  • The officer will ask you detailed questions about the incident and gather information about any witnesses and the person(s) involved. The process may end here if you do not want to go further. Many police departments will accommodate the choice to report to police and not prosecute, and most allow victims to file incident reports without pressure to go further. There are many reasons why you might only file a report, such as qualifying for victim compensation or establishing a record.
  • The report goes to the police unit in the agency where the incident occurred. This could be FSU Police and Publc Safety, Fayetteville Police Department, or other agencies. A detective who specializes in these cases will be assigned and will usually call you within a few days to ask more questions and discuss the case. The detective will investigate the incident by gathering evidence.   

Police and Public Safety
Fayetteville Police Department
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Fort Bragg Provost Marshall (Military Police)
Cumberland County Courthouse
Protection Orders
Legal Aid


Read more on filing a police report.

FSU Victims' Assistance Program
Victims' Assistance Program

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.


Students, Not Sure What Your Options Are?
Students, Not Sure What Your Options Are?

Students, 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


SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

The University encourages a student who has been the victim of Prohibited Sexual Conductto seek medical assistance immediately. Students are also encouraged to preserve any evidence that may be important to an investigation of a complaint of ProhibitedSexual Conductincluding, but not limited to, physical evidence, handwritten or electronic communications such as text messages, telephone messages and emails, videos and/or photographs of the incident.


CONSIDER REPORTING PROMPTLY

The length of time between an incident and making a report of Prohibited Sexual Conductwill not affect the willingness of the University to investigate the allegations or to provide support and other services to the Complainant. However, a prompt report will significantly improvethe ability of University officialsto conduct a full investigation and enhance the effectiveness of any criminal and/or University investigation. Individuals are therefore strongly encouraged to report incidents of Prohibited Sexual Conductimmediately following the occurrence.


CONSIDER ALL OF YOUR REPORTING OPTIONS


 The University encourages the reporting of incidents of Prohibited Sexual Conduct. Reports may be made by a student who believes that s/he has been the victim of Prohibited Sexual Conduct or an individual who has information related to an incident of Prohibited Sexual Conduct. A student who believes that s/he has been the victim of an alleged act of Prohibited Sexual Conduct committed by a student, may file a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency.


The student may also file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or request a hearing before the Hearing Panel charged with hearing such complaints.The student may pursue the criminal and University processes simultaneously. Regardless of the option chosen,the University will initiate an administrative investigation.

Is making a report, sending a tip, or filing a complaint with FSU's Title IX Office the equivalent of filing a police report or reporting the incident to Law Enforcement Officials?

No, making a report, sending a tip, filing any complaint with FSU's Title IX Office  is not the equivalent of filing a police report or reporting the incident to Law Enforcement Officials. 

Please contact any of the agencies below or your local Law Enforcement Agency for more details:

 

Mandated Reporter Information (All University Employees)

YOUR DUTY:

Under the University's Title IX Mandated Reporting Policy, ALL EMPLOYEES, are mandated reporters, with the exception of:

  • Student Health Services medical providers,
  • Center for Personal Development counselors,

Student Athletic Trainers and Resident Assistants are mandated reporters. The primary purpose for sharing this information with the Title IX Office  is to insure the impacted party receives information about rights and resources, and that the University is able to respond appropriately to such incidents. 

HOW TO REPORT: 

You are requested to report via the Online Form or https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FayettevilleStateUniv&layout_id=1

You may report by email, by phone, or in person. Visit: Barber Building 242 Call: 910-672-2325 Email: TitleIX@uncfsu.edu   As a mandated reporter, you must identify yourself when reporting an incident.

WHAT TO REPORT: 

When reporting behavior that includes bias incidents or possible discrimination/harassment, responsible employees must provide full details of the incident, if known, including names of the impacted individuals, alleged responding parties, witnesses and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident. It is also important to include information about resources offered and/or actions taken. If an individual requests confidentiality or requests that no further action be taken (by the University or declines to pursue reporting to other authorities), please include that information.



As Mandated Reporter, it is your duty to report to the Title IX Office when you have information about possible discrimination or harassment, including (but not limited to) incidents of sexual assault/gender based harassment.

This allows us to ensure those adversely impacted receive information about rights and resources, and may aid in identifying patterns of concern to inform prevention efforts and/or accountability. Not all reported incidents lead to a further action or disciplinary process. In some instances, the reported information includes details of sufficient follow-up (e.g. resources offered or utilized, or conflict resolution conversation completed).

 



Recognizing Behaviors


Harassing conduct may take various forms, including, name-calling, graphic or written statements (including the use of cell phones or the Internet), or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Such harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents.

Gender/sex-based harassment includes sexual harassment and non-sexual harassment based on stereotypical notions of what is female/feminine vs. male/masculine, or a failure to conform to those gender stereotypes. Bias incidents can include discrimination or expressions of disrespect motivated by bias or hate against actual or perceived protected identity (e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability). Sex or gender based misconduct may include sexual comments, jokes, gestures, unwanted touching, domestic/dating violence, rape, sexual assault/battery, stalking, or other gender-based discrimination. If you become aware of sex/gender based misconduct, including sexual harassment or sexual violence, you must notify the Title IX Office.



Disclosure of Sexual Violence

If an individual discloses recent experience of sexual violence (e.g. assault of any type), ensure the individual is aware of  a right to medical or mental health support, assistance from the University (procedures, remedy), and/or option to report to law enforcement (and option to decline to do so). Validate the courage it takes to share such experience, avoid asking for details that are not necessary for immediate response.

In speaking with a victim or witness, you cannot promise confidentiality, but it is important to emphasize desire to protect privacy (must share with those who need to know, only what they need to know). It can be helpful to advise that they will hear from the Chief Title IX Coordinator. You can also remind individuals they can make a report directly to the Title IX Office.

In the moment, you might say: I appreciate your willingness to share information with me, please know that I am here to help insure you get appropriate assistance. As you know, I will likely need to share information with appropriate offices, and we also respect the importance of your privacy. If you are comfortable speaking with me, let's be sure we are in a private space, or we can connect you with a confidential resource (e.g. Student Health Services or Center for Personal Development.)



Other Reporting Options

Law Enforcement

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. 


Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights

For assistance related to civil rights, you may contact the OCR headquarters office in Washington D.C. or the OCR enforcement office serving your state or territory. Contact the enforcement offices if you wish to file a complaint (or use our online complaint form) or if you need technical assistance on a problem or assistance to prevent civil rights problems. Contact the OCR headquarters office if you have a question on national policy, to make a Freedom of Information request for information that is national in scope, or to request publications or other assistance that is not available online.
We encourage students and parents, representatives of education institutions, and other OCR customers to use e-mail or fax to communicate with OCR when possible. For those without current e-mail accounts, Internet access may be freely available from your local public library, and free e-mail accounts are available from several large providers. Fax numbers and email addresses for each OCR office are provided below.

The OCR office for North Carolina is located at: The OCR National Headquarters is located at:
Washington DC (Metro)
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1475


Telephone: 202-453-6020
FAX: 202-453-6021; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Evidence Preservation Suggestions

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. 

Below are suggestions for preserving evidence related to an incident of sexual misconduct. It is important to keep in mind that each suggestion may not apply in every incident:

  • In order to best preserve their legal options in the future, individuals should consider not altering, disposing of, or destroying any physical evidence of sexual misconduct.
  • If there is suspicion that a drink may have been drugged, inform a medical assistance provider and/or law enforcement as soon as possible so they can attempt to collect possible evidence (e.g., from the drink, through urine or blood sample).
  • Individuals can preserve evidence of electronic communications by saving them and/or by taking screen shots of text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, or other electronic communications, and by keeping pictures, logs, or copies of documents that relate to the incident and/or perpetrator.
  • Even if survivors choose not to make a complaint with the University regarding sexual misconduct, they may consider speaking with FSU Police & Public Safety or other law enforcement to preserve evidence. Please note that, as University employees, FSU Police & Public Safety  would have to report the concern to the Title IX Office.

Physical Evidence Preservation Suggestions Specific to Sexual Assault

  • Because some evidence, particularly evidence that may be located on the body, dissipates quickly (within 48-96 hours), individuals who have been sexually assaulted and wish to preserve evidence should go to a hospital or medical facility immediately to seek a medical examination and/or evidence collection. 
  • An individual who has been sexually assaulted and wishes to preserve evidence should, if possible, not shower, bathe, douche, smoke, brush teeth, eat, drink, use the bathroom, or change clothes or bedding before going to the hospital or seeking medical attention.
  • If the individual who has been sexually assaulted decides to change clothes or bedding, and wishes to preserve evidence, they should not wash the clothes worn or bedding used during the assault, and should bring them to a hospital, medical facility, or the police in a non-plastic (e.g. paper) bag.

Read more on preserving evidence.