Rights and Options

Title IX and Clery Compliance at UNC Pembroke

The university is committed to creating and sustaining an educational and working environment free of sexual misconduct (sex/gender-based discrimination and harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault). If you experience any form of sexual misconduct, particularly sexual violence, you are strongly encouraged to utilize the various on and off campus resources described below. Your safety and well-being is the university’s priority. This page is intended to help you understand your rights and options, as well as provide you with information regarding support and assistance.

All individuals who report that they have experienced sexual misconduct will be provided with UNCP Sexual Misconduct Information Packet and the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Regulation.

What Should I Do?

You Have Options

You have several reporting options, and you may pursue one or all of these options at any time.

You have the right to decide who and when to tell about sexual violence.

Call campus police (910.521.6235) or 911 if you are in the midst of any kind of emergency, immediate harm or threat of harm.

The campus Title IX Coordinator can assist you in notifying the police if you choose.

It is your right to have an advocate of your choice (a friend, family member, sexual assault advocate, attorney, or other representative) present with you while reporting the incident. You also have the right to have a sexual assault counselor and support person of your choice present with you during a rape examination.

As a student, you also have the right to have an attorney/non-attorney advocate of your choice with you when you meet with the Title IX Coordinator, investigator, campus police, or any other university employee.  This right remains with you throughout the Title IX/Clery process (providing supportive measures and investigations, if requested by student) and the Student Conduct Hearing, if applicable.

 

The Importance of Preserving Evidence

It is important that you take steps to preserve and collect evidence; doing so preserves the full range of options available to you, be it through the Title IX/Clery process or criminal prosecution. To preserve evidence:

  1. do not wash your face or hands;
  2. do not shower or bathe;
  3. do not brush your teeth;
  4. do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place:
  5. do not dispose of clothes or other items that were present during the assault, or use the restroom; and
  6. seek a medical exam immediately.

If you already cleaned up from the assault, you can still report the crime, as well as seek medical or counseling treatment.

 

Where Can I Report?

We encourage individuals impacted by sexual violence to talk to someone about what happened – so you can get the support you need, and so the university can respond appropriately. The complaint can be submitted orally or in a written statement via the online reporting form.

Whether – and the extent to which – a university employee may agree to maintain confidentiality (and not disclose information to the Title IX Coordinator) depends on the employee’s position and responsibilities at the university. As described below, various reporting and confidential disclosure options are available to you. The university encourages speaking with someone identified in one or more of these campus and off-campus groups: