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.
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:
- do not wash your face or hands;
- do not shower or bathe;
- do not brush your teeth;
- do not change clothes or straighten up the area where the assault took place:
- do not dispose of clothes or other items that were present during the assault, or use the restroom; and
- 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:
Police and Public Safety
Public Safety can escort you to a safe place and transport you to the hospital for a medical examination and treatment, if needed. It is very important that you get confidential medical attention after being assaulted. Police and Public Safety are open 24/7 and can provide access to a confidential resource.
Campus Dispatch: 910.521.6235
Title IX Coordinator
The Title IX Coordinator will assist you as you navigate the Title IX/Clery process. She will provide supportive measures to help deal with your situation and, hopefully, manage your academics and/or work responsibilities. The Title IX Coordinator is a neutral fact-finder and typically will conduct interviews and follow-up interviews with the Reporting Party, the Responding Party, and any third-party witnesses. She is not an advocate for any particular party involved in a sexual misconduct investigation and will treat all parties equally while conducting an open-minded, factually-based investigation.
The Title IX Coordinator will provide you with written and verbal information about your rights and options, remedies, confidential resources, and advocates. She can assist you with notifying campus police or local law enforcement.
Title IX Coordinator:
Ronette Sutton Gerber
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and, specifically, the Sexual Assault Advocate can provide you confidential support services. The Sexual Assault Advocate assists both the Reporting Party and the Responding Party in accessing campus and community resources. She and the other CAPS counselors are available to attend university adjudication proceedings and offer a comprehensive information packet for survivors, the accused, and campus stakeholders. These services are free and client-centered thus enabling students to decide for themselves the best course of action for their particular circumstances.
Other University Employees
With the limited exception of the confidential reporting resources listed above, nearly all university employees must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about any sexual misconduct incidents of which they become aware. The university will need to determine what happened – and will need to know the names of the survivor(s) and the perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident.
If you are a university employee and a member of the UNC Pembroke community has shared information with you related to sexual misconduct, and particularly sexual or relationship violence, please refer to this Responsible Employee and Campus Security Authority Quick Reference Guide.
When you tell the Title IX Coordinator or another university employee about a sexual violence incident, you have the right to expect the university to take appropriate steps to respond to what happened promptly and equitably. In all cases, we strongly encourage individuals to report sexual misconduct directly to the Title IX Coordinator.
As a Reporting Party, am I protected from retaliation?
Yes, university policies prohibit retaliation against a person who:
- Reports an issue of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual and relationship violence;
- Assists someone with a report of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual and relationship violence; or
- Participates in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual and relationship violence.
No officer, employee or agent of the university shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising his/her rights or responsibilities. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and/or adverse actions related to employment or education. Retaliation, if proven, is a violation of university policies and may result in discipline, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from the university.
If you want to report non-emergency information directly to the Title IX Coordinator and receive an immediate response: