Report Concerns 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.
- Visit: Barber Building, Office 242
- Call: 910-672-2325
- Email: TitleIX@uncfsu.edu
- Post: Title IX Office c/o FSU, 1200 Murchison Road, Barber 242, Fayetteville NC 28301
- Teams @TitleIX
- Live Safe App
- Online Form: See below
Report prohibited sexual misconduct concerns related to a student:
Report other student non-academic misconduct:
Report prohibited sexual misconduct concerns related to an employee:
Report other employee misconduct:
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 Counseling and Personal Development (CCPD) 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 Harassment ( Sexual Assault or Misconduct; Relationship, Domestic, or Dating Violence; or Stalking) 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 CCPD 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.
Employees may report to the ComPsych Guidance Resources as a confidential resource:
Online: https://www.guidanceresources.com/ App: GuidanceNow℠
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FSU has designated the Title IX Office to oversee complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct at the University. An individual who has experienced sexual harassment has the right to choose whether to report the incident to FSU's Title IX Office for investigation.
The Title IX Office personnel 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 supportive measures. Once a concern is submitted, the Title IX Office 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.
Upon receipt of the report orally or online, the Title IX Coordinator or their Deputy will meet with the individual making the report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct in order to provide a general understanding of the University's Policies, to identify forms of support or immediate interventions available to them. The intake meeting may also involve a discussion of any other supportive measures concerning the parties academic, housing, or University employment arrangements.
At the initial intake meeting, the Title IX Coordinator will seek to determine how the reporting party wishes to proceed. Options range from not pursuing resolution of any kind to pursuing Formal Resolution. Though the University may elect to pursue a complaint when an individual does not wish to proceed, deference is generally given to the individual's decision. If the individual bringing forth the complaint elects to pursue a Formal Resolution, a formal notice will be sent to the accused party outlining the specific concerns. If the individual does not elect to pursue Formal Resolution, the Title IX Coordinator will choose whether or not to further investigate the complaint. When the individual bringing forth the complaint indicates a desire to pursue Formal Resolution, the Title IX Coordinator will prepare and forward the complaint to an investigator who will conduct an investigation and create an investigation report.
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:
- FSU Police and Public Safety,
- City of Fayetteville Police,
- Cumberland County Sheriff
- Fort Bragg Provost Marshall
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|
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.
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.
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 Sexual Harassment that may be a crime under state criminal law, such as sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic 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 Sexual Harassment report to FSU's Title IX Office.
- Learn more about your reporting options.
SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
The University encourages any individual who has been the victim of Sexual Harassment to seek medical assistance immediately. Individuals are also encouraged to preserve any evidence that may be important to an investigation of a complaint of Sexual Harassment including, 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 Sexual Harassment will not affect the willingness of the University to investigate the allegations or to provide support and other services to the parties. 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 Sexual Harassment immediately following the occurrence.
CONSIDER ALL OF YOUR REPORTING OPTIONS
The University encourages the reporting of incidents of Sexual Harassment. Reports may be made by any individua who believes that they have experienced Sexual Harassment or an individual who has information related to any incident of Sexual Harassment. Individuals who believes they have experienced Sexual Harrassment, may file a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
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:
- FSU Police and Public Safety,
- City of Fayetteville Police,
- Cumberland County Sheriff, or
- Fort Bragg Provost Marshall
Individuals have the right to report Sexual Harassment incidents 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
FAX: 202-453-6021; TDD: 800-877-8339
|U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100Telephone: 800-421-3481
FAX: 202-453-6012; TDD: 800-877-8339
Regardless of whether an incident of Sexual Harassment is reported to Police or the University, FSU strongly encourages individuals who have experienced Sexual Harassment 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 Harassment. 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 individuals 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.